Fodor's Expert Review Rockwood Museum and Park

Wilmington Historic Home

Rockwood, an 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 ornate Victorian furnishings and decorative arts. Tours (required in the house) are given on the hour; there are some candlelight tours in December. Beyond the English landscape garden, the 72-acre public grounds feature 2½ miles of paved, lighted trails. In summer Rockwood Park hosts one play in the Delaware Shakespeare Festival.

Historic Home

Quick Facts

4651 Washington St. Extension
Wilmington, Delaware  19809, USA


Sight Details:
Rate Includes: $10; free museum tours in Dec., Grounds: daily dawn–dusk. Mansion: Wed.–Sat. 10–4, Sun. noon–4, Museum closed Mon. and Tues.

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