Historical Attractions

New Castle Historical Society New Castle

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New Castle Historical Society
2 East 4th Street
New Castle
Tel: 302 322 2794


From I-95 (North or South): Take Exit 5A, Delaware Route 141 South, toward New Castle; continue past the Routes 13 & 40 overpass. At the intersection of Routes 9 & 273, turn left onto Route 9 North. Go 1/2 mile to the next traffic light and bear right onto Delaware Street into New Castle. Proceed to Fourth Street; the Amstel House is at the corner of Delaware and Fourth Streets.

Where are we going today?

The New Castle Historical Society offers opportunities for children to experience the life of Dutch colonists and revolutionary patriots in historic New Castle, Delaware. We operate three museums in Delaware’s Colonial Capital – The Amstel House, The Dutch House, and the Old Library Museum.

In the Amstel and Dutch Houses, children will get a sense of everyday life through guided tours and hand-on activities. Outside, they can explore our historic flower and herb gardens. The Old Library Museum offers a variety of exhibits that change seasonally.

The New Castle Historical Society also offers walking tours of the town for groups, including ghost tours in the fall. Children can play on the historic town Green or in Battery Park on the banks of the Delaware River.

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How much does it cost?

  • Adults$9
  • Children$3

When can we go?

Wednesday to Saturday 10am to 4pm. Amstel House tours begin at 10am, noon, and 2pm. Sunday 12noon to

Teachers corner

Designed to meet the latest standards and curriculum requirements, our student programs support New Directions Content Standards for Social Studies and English in Delaware..

I'm Hungry!

Several family friendly restaurants are located nearby in the New Castle National Historic District..

Any Top Tips?

Pack a lunch and have a picnic at Battery Park on the Delaware River. Playground facilities and restrooms are available in the park. Smoking is prohibited in our museums all Delaware restaurants. .

Need a little extra help?

Because our museums are located in historic buildings they may not be fully accessible to people with limited mobility. Portable seating is available at each museum. .

Can I get one of those?

A museum shop is located in Amstel House museum..

More information

Tours are approximately 40 minutes long..

What people are saying?

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    The Historical society maintains a quaint little cottage and gardens, called the Dutch House and Gardens. Fruiting trees and vegetables surround a nice little lawn. There's a bench surrounded with fragrant jasmine. Through the wooden fence gate is the lovely and educational Native Plant Garden maintained by the Arasapha Garden Club. There is a nice bench here as well.

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