Delaware April 19, 2019
The Most Historic Town In Delaware Is Home To 5 Museums You’ve Got To See
Everyone knows that Delaware was the
first state, but did you know that for five days, Delaware was the only state? There are so many fascinating tidbits of early American history to discover, and luckily, many of the earliest homes and buildings are still preserved in historic New Castle, Delaware. Visit today for a trip back in time.
At the heart of the city, you'll find the New Castle Court House Museum.
Right here is the center of William Penn's 12-mile circle, defining the border between Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Maryland. It's one of the oldest courthouses in the United States and has a storied past that you'll discover when you visit.
Nearby, the Amstel House was the first preserved home in the area!
The home once belonged to the influential Dr. Finney. In the 1920s and 1930s, old buildings were being torn down and replaced with newer construction, and concerned citizens raised funds to buy the Amstel House. It was the first formally preserved building in town, and the group went on to form the New Castle Historical Society.
The Old Library Museum is owned by the New Castle Historic Society, and is so worth a visit.
The hexagonal library was built in 1892 and is a stunning architectural marvel. The library houses rotating collections showcasing Delaware history throughout the years.
The Dutch House is a fine example of early American architecture.
This 17th-century early settlers' house shows off what life was like in New Castle during the beginning of Dutch settlement. At the time, New Castle was a port town. Today, the home is operated by the New Castle Historic Society and preserved as a museum.
George Read's home and formal garden was once the most elegant estate in town.
The home was built in 1793 for George Read, Jr., and at the time, it was the largest residence around. In the 1840s, formal gardens were laid out by William Couper. Today, the Delaware Historical Society owns and operates the Read house as a museum.
Of course, no trip to New Castle is complete without a visit to Jessop's Tavern!
This colonial-themed restaurant occupies a 300-year-old building, and walking in feels like stepping back in time.
You'll find the tastiest colonial fare here, and it's the perfect way to wrap up a fun day in town.
Try the shepherds pie or bread pudding. These old fashioned feasts are sure to hit the spot.
You can find operating hours and information on events in Historic New Castle, Delaware by visiting the
New Castle Historical Society website.
For more fun Delaware history, read
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