Visitors to Old New Castle sometimes feel they’ve been transported back in time. The cobblestone streets and tidy Colonial-era townhomes of this riverside village still speak of the nation’s early history, when passionate and courageous patriots pushed to break the bonds with Britain and create a nation of their own.
Central to this story of revolutionary ideals is the Old Court House in the center of town, which served as the first capital of the state and its State House (1776-1777). Here, in one momentous month in 1776, two historic moves were made -- the state of Delaware was created when it separated from Pennsylvania, and the legislature declared its independence from Great Britain, weeks before the Declaration of Independence was signed.
Originally founded as Fort Casimir in 1651 by Peter Stuyvesant, the town has seen the flags of the Netherlands, Sweden and Great Britain flown over its shady streets. Visitors can browse its unique assortment of shops and restaurants, see where William Penn landed in the New World in 1682, or wander down to the riverside for a picnic in Battery Park before visiting the town’s museums and homes:
--The Dutch House, a late 17th-century home furnished in the style of New Castle’s early Dutch settlers.
-- The Amstel House, a colonial brick mansion built in the early American Georgian style of architecture and furnished to reflect 18th and 19th century life in New Castle.
--The Old Library, built in the shape of a hexagon and in the Victorian style, includes an exhibit on New Castle’s history.
--The George Read II House and Garden, known as “the grandest mansion and oldest garden in New Castle,” is a showcase of the decorative arts of the Federal period.
New Castle’s location made it an ideal transfer point for trips up and down the coast. As a result, New Castle was a thriving coastal community throughout the 1700′s and early 1800′s.
This small, picturesque City allows vacationers, as well as business travelers, a refreshing respite from the pressures of daily life. Whether you are enjoying the beaches, the Brandywine Valley, or other treasures of Delaware, be sure to include New Castle in your itinerary.
posted on: Thursday, Aug 8, 2013 8:54 AM
by: Delaware Tourism Office
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Centennial Tea Service at Hotel du Pont (Green Room)
3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
The Centennial Tea in the elegant Green Room at the Hotel du Pont features a new centennial tea blend, created especially for the Hotel du Pont’s centennial celebration. This tea is infused with a burst of pineapple, the international symbol of hospitality, to commemorate our commitment for 100 years.
Eating Rehoboth – Culinary Tour
Every Friday and Sunday
1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Eating Rehoboth is a 3-hour culinary adventure through downtown Rehoboth Beach, Delaware! You will enjoy exclusive food tastings at five of Rehoboth's best restaurants, paired with delicious wines, local beers or signature cocktails.
New zip line at Lums Pond State Park by Go Ape
The first and only zip line and treetop adventure course in Delaware, located south of Wilmington and just minutes from I-95 in Bear. Four zip lines take you high over Lums Pond, the largest freshwater pond in Delaware. $55/adults; $25-35/kids. Reservations are required.
Experience summer fun at Killens Pond Water Park
Friday (11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.); Saturday and Sunday (10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.)
From the Mushroom Fountain to the adventure-filled Floating Lily Pad Fun Walk, the pool's exciting interactive water features give visitors of all ages plenty of reasons to head for the park. Swirl down one of our two 27-foot high, 205-foot long twisting and turning water slides, ending with a splash in a specially designed splash pool.
East Coast Skimboarding Championships
August 10 – 11, 2013
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Catch some amazing wave-riding action from amateur divisions on up to the pros. The championship will take place at Swede Street in Dewey Beach.
Rehoboth Art League Outdoor Show
August 10 – 18, 2013 (Saturdays and Sundays only)
Saturday (10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.); Sunday (10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.)
More than a hundred artists working in a variety of media will set up shop and sell their creations at this annual art extravaganza set on a shaded and picturesque campus. A great day for browsing, buying or just strolling from tent to tent while enjoying the food and music.
Brewery tour at Old Dominion Brewing
Saturday, August 10, 2013
Tours begin at 12:30 p.m. and 2:00 p.m.
Take a tour and sample some Delaware Craft Beer! The best deal in town, for $5 you get the tour, five samples, and a pint glass to take home.
Take a Pirate Sail on the Kalmar Nyckel
Saturday, August 10, 2013
9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Reservations can be made online
Ahoy Mateys! Visit the Kalmar Nyckel, the Tall Ship of Delaware. Landlubbers -- come walk the plank of this authentic seagoing re-creation of a 17th Century Dutch pinnace. Join our captain and a crew of salty pirates for a festive experience on the high seas!
posted on: Wednesday, Aug 7, 2013 2:36 PM
by: Delaware Tourism Office