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.

Program Calendar

  1. Sat Oct. 16

    MAYHEM AND MURDER AT ROCKWOOD MUSEUM - SOLD OUT WANTED Investigators to find a Murderer at Rockwood Park and Museum! Join us for this year's brand-new Mayhem and Murder mystery tour at Rockwood Museum. Participating sleuths will search the house for the clues that will help solve this year's murder mysteries: Who dunnit? What was the motive? Where's it happen? What was the weapon? Solve the case and earn the chance to win prizes! If detectives joined us in 2019 and 2020, come back again as this is an all-new adventure! Please note that the tour involves walking and climbing stairs and is intended for ages 10 and above. Flashlights and instructions are provided, just bring your wits, your investigative skills, and any detective costume you may wish to wear - extra prizes for best costumes! Please contact Rockwood for the latest Covid policy regarding face coverings, etc. Written and designed by Scott F. Mason AGES 16+
  2. Sun Oct. 17

    HISTORIC STRUCTURES TOUR Take a walk back in time to learn how the existing and lost structures of Rockwood completed a working estate. Your guide will be dressed in vintage clothing and will use vintage photographs to illustrate the history of Rockwood as you walk from structure to structure. Tour includes uneven surfaces, grass, gravel and paved areas. . Tickets are required. This tour matches well with the Guided Museum Tour. Comfortable walking shoes and ability to walk a mile are recommended. Ages 14-Adults
  3. Sun Oct. 17

    PERKY PINECONE WREATH MAKING Come out to Rockwood and learn the technique to make a beautiful pinecone wreath for the Fall/Winter months or to give as a Christmas gift. All supplies included in the cost of registration. Participants are asked to bring wire cutters if possible (wire cutters will be available if needed). Program will be held outdoors, weather permitting, or inside the museum in the event of rain. Please contact Rockwood for the latest Covid policy regarding face coverings, etc. Ages: 14+
  4. Mon Oct. 18

    Full Moon Flow Yoga Full moons are a powerful time for letting go, releasing, and getting back to yourself, grounded, relaxed and at ease. A full moon yoga flow can help you release, let go and ground, using movement as the key tool that gets energy unblocked, flowing and out of your body (and head!). Join yoga instructor Maryann Quinn for a relaxing hour of yoga that will help to restore peace and tranquility. Class will be held outdoors. In the event of rain, class will be held in the mansion. Bring a mat and water. Ages 16-Adults
  5. Tue Oct. 19

    Flow Yoga Outdoor Flow Yoga with instructor Mary Ann Quinn Hendrix. Come for an hour of fun and relaxation at Rockwood Park and learn the art of Flow Yoga. Program is offered every Tuesday at 9 am. Program will be offered outdoors by the Museum Conservatory, weather permitting, however, this activity will be held rain or shine. Please bring a mat, blocks, towel, water. Ages 16-Adults
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  1. Rockwood Park & Museum

    Physical Address
    4651 Washington Street Extension
    Wilmington, DE 19802

    Phone: (302) 761-4340

  2. Facility Rentals

    Mansion, Garden, and Conservatory Rentals
    Phone: (302) 761-4340

Best of Delaware 2021 RW

Best of Delaware Editor's Pick
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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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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.