Historic New Castle has always been a key part of Delaware’s past – and in many ways, the past never left. The cobblestone streets and stately townhomes of this riverside city combine to create a Colonial charm that invites visitors to stroll and shop, and of course eat -before exploring the First State National Historic Park. Cozy and intimate, New Castle still can deliver a whole weekend’s worth of things to do.
First State National Historic Park. Embracing a variety of historic locations in the northern and central regions of Delaware, the park touches on tales that are essential to the American story – including debates over Colonial allegiances and slavery, and the crucial role that the new land’s rivers and natural resources played in our economic growth.
Fort Christina National Historic Landmark (where Swedish and Finnish settlers established the first American Swedish colony, New Sweden) and Old Swedes Church national Historic Landmark (the oldest church in America still used for worship) lays in the hills of this park.
Amstel House. Among New Castle’s few surviving early colonial buildings is the elegant brick, early Georgian mansion, the Amstel House. Built in the 1730’s by the town’s wealthiest landowner, Dr. John Finney, the house is graced with original woodwork, fine architectural details and open hearth. It’s early fanlight and central hallway were among the first uses of these features in the town. (Walk-in guided tours are available April 1st – Dec 31st)
Penn’s Place. Penn’s Place is in the heart of historic New Castle, and the most quaint coffee shop you may ever step foot in. They serve breakfast, lunch and dinner and they have live entertainment and local artisan gifts for sale.
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The Old Library Museum. Visit the Old Library Museum home to the New Castle Historical Society’s changing exhibits. The building was built in 1892 and has retained the original interior woodwork.
Dutch House. At the Dutch house, step back in time to the seafaring days of the late 17th century when New Castle was a young port. Enjoy the gleam of the early pewter set at a hutch table, discover the kas (an unusual cupboard), spoon rack, 1714 bible, among the captivating Dutch Colonial artifacts which reflect the traditional lifestyle in early America.