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.


Life at Rockwood through the Eyes of The Servants

This new exhibit is dedicated to the Rockwood Servants; featuring those who cleaned, cooked, and cared for the families who lived on the estate from 1854 to 1972. The Cook’s Room on the first floor will feature photos and artifacts from the past with interactive (Please Touch) items and a new exhibit room on the second floor will depict a Servant’s bedroom. There is no extra charge for viewing these new exhibits but regular admission prices apply.

On display throughout 2014

June: Summertime

Experience the echoes of a bygone era when croquet, lawn tennis and summer dresses welcome the coming summer. Imagine yourself seated on the verandah as the servants deliver a light afternoon tea. Displays include pieces of the family summer clothing, china, and silver.

July: Happy Birthday Edward Bringhurst, III

Edward Bringhurst III shared his July 4 birthday with our nation, which gave his
family even more reason to celebrate! House staff would have been busy bedecking the house in red, white, and blue for the celebration.

August: Down The Shore

The house staff is especially busy packing summer dresses, swim suits and all the outfits demanded of high society entertainment as the luggage is readied for the Bringhurst’s annual trip to Cape May Point.
Ghost Tours
Rockwood offers private and group ghost tours throughout the year. Upcoming tours will appear in our events section. If you would like to inquire about a private tour or would like more information please call Philip Nord at 302-761-4340.

Group & School Tours
To inquire about group or school tours of the historic gardens, please contact the main office.