Fodor's Expert Review Rockwood Museum and Park

Wilmington Garden

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 miles of paved, lighted trails. In summer Rockwood Park hosts the Delaware Shakespeare Festival, as well as a weekly farmers' market.

Garden Historic Home

Quick Facts

4651 Washington St. Extension
Wilmington, Delaware  19809, USA


Sight Details:
Rate Includes: $10; free 1st Sun. of every month, Grounds: daily dawn–dusk. Mansion: Wed.–Sat. 10–4, Sun. noon–4