Rockwood Park & Museum

Rockwood Park & Museum is committed to our community and we are doing our part to prevent the spread of COVID-19. 

We are suspending all indoor museum tours and closing the Bringhurst Boutique until further notice.  

Outdoor tours and programs will require attendees to do a health screening to participate. All attendees are required to observe social distancing and wear masks during all tours and activities. 

If you can't come out to join us, we invite you to take a virtual tour of Rockwood using our audio tour from home, or as you stroll through the park using the  izi.Travel app available in the Apple and Google stores.

Joseph Shipley, a Quaker merchant banker, built Rockwood between 1851 and 1854. Its Gothic Revival architecture and enchanting landscape were designed to reflect the beauty of an English country estate.

The museum reflects the way the Bringhurst family, descendants of Shipley, lived during the turn of the 20th century.

  1. Thu Dec. 3

    Pump and Trot Trail & Attitude of Gratitude Trail Looking for an opportunity to work of those extra calories you enjoyed during your Thanksgiving feast? Check out the Pump and Trot Trail at Rockwood. It will provide an opportunity for participants to walk and work out along the paved and lit path beginning in the lower parking lot near the pond. Feel free to bring along your own pair of hand-held weights for the pumping up parts of the trail. If you would prefer a more meditative type of walk check out the Attitude of Gratitude Trail Tale where participants can check out signs that provide opportunities to reflect and count their blessings. The Attitude of Gratitude Trail will begin at the end of the Pump and Trot Trail and continue along the lit, paved path.
  2. Sat Dec. 5

    Tree Spree Walk & Sketch at Rockwood Park Now that the leaves have dropped why not focus on the identification, branch structure and the bark texture and design of trees. Horticulture therapist Kathy Andrzejewski and artist Karen Berstler collaborate to offer a nature walk about trees combined with instruction about sketching of trees. Bring your own sketch pad and drawing materials. Although there are some places to sit along the way, you may want to bring a mat or a folding chair or stool for sketching time. Wear comfortable shoes and dress for the weather. This is an outdoor activity and is weather permitting. Tour limited to 10 people. Social distancing will be in practice during the tour. Face masks required. COVID screening form and temperature checks will be completed by Rockwood staff. $5 NCC residents, $10 out-of-county residents. Ages 12 - Adult Tree Spree Walk & Sketch Saturday, December 5, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Rockwood Park & Museum, museum entrance courtyard 4651 Washington Street Extension, North Wilmington
  3. Sat Dec. 5

    Family Holiday Sketch at Rockwood Get in the holiday spirt at Rockwood Museum and Park. Horticulture therapist Kathy Andrzejewski leads a walk that focuses on evergreen trees and holiday decorations around the mansion and artist Karen Berstler guides participants in sketching techniques along the way. Bring your own sketch pad and drawing materials. Although there are some places to sit along the way, you may want to bring a mat or a folding chair or stool for sketching time. Wear comfortable shoes and dress for the weather. This is an outdoor activity and is weather permitting. Tour limited to 10 people. Social distancing will be in practice during the tour. Face masks required. COVID screening form and temperature checks will be completed by Rockwood staff. $5 NCC residents, $10 out-of-county residents. All ages Family Holiday Sketch Saturday, December 5, 1-2 p.m. Rockwood Park & Museum, museum entrance courtyard 4651 Washington Street Extension, North Wilmington
  4. Sun Dec. 6

    Make a Fresh Greens Winter Porch Pot at Rockwood Select a 12" diameter porch pot of your choice - a galvanized bucket, a clay or ceramic flowerpot, or another container of your choice. Also, bring a bag of potting soil to fill the container in addition to a pair of garden shears, wire cutters, and a garden spade to fill container with soil. there will be a materials fee of $20.00, payable to the instructor to cover the cost of fresh materials that will be used to fill the container. A $5.00 in county registration feel, $10.00 out of country registration fee. Participants will work outside and will be required to wear a mask and to social distance. Meet your instructor in the Courtyard of the Visitor's Entrance to the Museum. AGE: ADULTS 16 AND UP FACE MASKS REQUIRED SOCIAL DISTANCING FEE: 5.00 IN COUNTY REGISTRATION FEE; 10.00 OUT OF COUNTY REGISTRATION FEE. $20.00 MATERIALS FEE PAYABLE TO INSTRUCTOR More Information
  5. Fri Dec. 11

    Twilight Candlelight Holiday Tours at Rockwood What were the holidays like in the 1890’s? Come and get in the holiday spirt at Rockwood Museum and Park. Join in the glow of candlelight and take a step back in time as period dressed museum guides, Loretta Spigel and/or Alice Loveless team up with Horticulture Therapist, Kathy Andrzejewski, to guide guests on a tour that focuses on the history, horticulture, and happenings at the mansion. Tours are weather permitting, so participants are asked to bring their own flashlight, wear comfortable shoes, and dress for the weather because the tour will take place outside on the grounds near the mansion. This is an outdoor activity and is weather permitting. Tour limited to 10 people. Social distancing will be in practice during the tour. Face masks required. COVID screening form and temperature checks will be completed by Rockwood staff. $5 NCC residents, $10 out-of-county residents. All ages
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  1. Rockwood Park & Museum

    Physical Address
    4651 Washington St. Extension
    Wilmington, DE 19809

    Mailing Address
    610 Shipley Road
    Wilmington, DE 19809


  2. Facility Rentals

    Mansion, Garden, and Conservatory Rentals

National Register of Historic Places logo

National Register of Historic Places, Rockwood, New Castle County, Delaware, National Register #76000579.

Rockwood Park is a Certified Wildlife Habitat Certified by the National Wildlife Federation
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Accessibility

Although the west wing of the mansion is wheelchair accessible including accessible restrooms, please note that only a limited portion of the museum is wheelchair accessible. The main museum rooms are only accessible by stairs.