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Rockwood Review

Rockwood, a quietly elegant English-style country house and a fine example of rural Gothic architecture, stands in contrast to the opulent, French-inspired du Pont homes in the area. Built in 1851 by Joseph Shipley, a Quaker banker, and occupied by his descendants until 1972, the house is now a museum filled with Victorian furnishings and decorative arts. Tours are given on the hour. Beyond the English landscape garden, the 72-acre public grounds feature 2½ mi of paved, lighted trails. In summer Rockwood Park hosts the Delaware Shakespeare Festival.

    Contact Information

  • Address: Washington St. Extension, south of Shipley Rd., Wilmington, DE 19809
  • Phone: 302/761–4340
  • Cost: $5
  • Hours: Grounds, daily dawn–dusk; mansion, Wed.–Sun. 10–2.
  • Website:
  • Location: Wilmington, Delaware
Updated: 05-19-2011

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