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.
Thu May 26Yappy Hour at Rockwood Park In partnership with the Wilmington Brew Works, Rockwood and its friend’s group, the Rockwood Park Preservation Society (RPPS), will host a monthly happy hour gathering for lovers of dogs, beers, and live music. Dogs have always been present in Rockwood and have made some of the estate’s most memorable inhabitants. The whole park is open and the events will include scavenger hunts for kids and families, descriptions of Rockwood’s “best friends” as well as hand-made dog toy workshops. Cash bar-bring a snack! All sales support Rockwood’s ongoing preservation efforts.
Sat May 28Story Time and Craft at Rockwood Each month, Rockwood partners with Syncretic Press to foster reading and charge imaginations through BOOK WALKS AND TRAIL TALES program, putting books in nature. On the last Saturday of the month, museum staff and volunteers read this featured book or another popular title and follow it up with a craft that families can take home and work on together. Kids 5+.
Thu Jun. 2Treasure Tots at Rockwood Park Come and enjoy all the different treasures of Rockwood! Treasure Tots is an informal class for toddlers to explore the most popular themes of this unique park and museum. Always changing, this program will celebrate kids’ literature, costume, gardening, animals, architecture, the arts and much more. All materials are included. Rain or Shine event. Best for kids under 5. Masks are suggested inside. (20 limit). Although free, pre-registration is suggested.
Thu Jun. 2Watercolors on the Veranda This is a rare opportunity to study Rockwood’s botanical collections for inspiration for your own floral still life painting. In the summer, Rockwood’s collection of indoor plants is moved from the Conservatory to the incredibly picturesque covered Veranda. A small group of participants of any ability will study living specimens in this ideal setting. They may even get a glimpse of the Delaware Shakespeare Festival rehearsals. Ages 16-Adults.
Fri Jun. 10Full Moon Flow Yoga at Rockwood Park - Strawberry Moon Full moons are a powerful time for letting go and getting back to yourself - grounded, relaxed, and at ease. A full moon yoga flow can help you release using movement to unblock energy through the body. Join yoga instructor Maryann Quinn for a relaxing hour of nocturnal yoga that will help to restore peace and tranquility. Practice will start moving back outdoors in April. Please bring a mat and/or towel, water & blocks if you use them. Ages 16+. Masks required
Sat Jun. 11Story Time and Craft at Rockwood Each month, Rockwood partners with Syncretic Press to foster reading and charge imaginations through BOOK WALKS AND TRAIL TALES program, putting books in nature. On the last Saturday of the month, museum staff and volunteers read this featured book or another popular title and follow it up with a craft that families can take home and work on together. Kids 5+.
Sat Jun. 11Rockwood Paranormal Experience This is Rockwood’s classic Paranormal Program to investigate the mansion from the unfinished attic to the decayed basement through the highly polished living spaces in between. Guests will be instructed how to use sophisticated paranormal equipment to be central to the investigation. Visiting investigators will learn how instrument results relate to those who may have once lived or worked at Rockwood. Attendees must be able to traverse many stairs throughout the museum. Ages 14+.
Sun Jun. 12Hike & Brunch at Rockwood - Identifying the Birds of Rockwood with Delaware Ornithological Society Rockwood is focusing on the Birds and the Bees (mostly just the honey) in this summer’s Hike & Brunch series. Our themed walks through area parks and forests are followed by a matching boozy brunch.
Our indoor space has the flexibility to accommodate a small intimate event or a large gathering. The Carriage House offers a unique setting for any private event including:
- Holiday gatherings
- Family reunions
- Birthday and anniversary parties
- Nonprofit events
- Baby/bridal showers
- Corporate functions
Best of Delaware Editor's Pick
National Register of Historic Places, Rockwood, New Castle County, Delaware, National Register #76000579.
|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.|