Rockwood Park & Museum

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. Philip Nord

    Park & Museum Director

  2. Rockwood Park & Museum

    Physical Address
    4651 Washington St. Extension
    Wilmington, DE 19809

    Mailing Address
    610 Shipley Road
    Wilmington, DE 19809


  3. Facility Rentals


Hours of Operation

Category Operating Hours
Museum Tours
W-S: 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 12 p.m., 1 p.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m.,
4 p.m.
Sun.: 12pm, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm, 4 p.m.
Park & Garden
daily from dawn until dusk
Museum Closed November 8, November 11, November 24,
November 25, December 23-25.

Museum Admission

Museum admission is free the first Sunday of every month. Groups of 6 or more are asked to call ahead to schedule a group tour. 302-761-4340
Category Cost
General Admission $10 / $5 for New Castle County Residents
Children Ages 7 - 12
$4 / $2 for New Castle Residents
Children Ages 6 and under Free
Active Military and Veterans Free

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.
  1. Thu Sep. 20

    Farmers Market Open every Thursday, 3-7 p.m., now through October 4. Follow New Castle County Farmers Market Program on Facebook or visit nccde.org/farmersmarkets for weekly updates.
  2. Thu Sep. 27

    Farmers Market Open every Thursday, 3-7 p.m., now through October 4. Follow New Castle County Farmers Market Program on Facebook or visit nccde.org/farmersmarkets for weekly updates.
  3. Thu Oct. 4

    Farmers Market Open every Thursday, 3-7 p.m., now through October 4. Follow New Castle County Farmers Market Program on Facebook or visit nccde.org/farmersmarkets for weekly updates.
  4. Sat Oct. 6

    GHOST TOUR: PARANORMAL INVESTIGATION Visit the attic and basement of the mansion. An exploration of paranormal activity and in-depth study using advanced equipment. Tour is often accompanied by a psychic or medium. Must be able to traverse many stairs. Registration required. Adults
  5. Sat Oct. 13

    Rock and Roll Your Bike Join Rockwood's own Dena Kirk and a representative from REI on a guided ride along the paths at Rockwood. Learn safety tips and how to maintain your bike. Bring your own bike. Registration required Ages 8 - 14
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