Tours & Ticketing
Rockwood's 2018 Special Exhibit
Cabinets of Curiosities: Exceptional Vintage Collections
Cabinets of curiosities, also known as ‘wonder rooms’, are small collections of extraordinary objects which, much like today’s museums, attempted to categories and tell stories about the wonders and oddities of the natural world.
March 1 - October 31 2018
Step through the doors to a bygone era. Rockwood houses original furnishings, a large collection of family clothing from the 1890s through the 1920s, and a repository of photographs which tell the story of the Shipley, Bringhurst, and Hargraves Families. Costumed museum guides tell the tales of the families’ wealthy lifestyle, ancestors, and servants in a warm and inviting fashion.
Wednesday-Saturday: 10 a.m., 11 a.m., Noon, 1 p.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m., 4 p.m.
Sunday: Noon, 1 p.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m., 4 p.m.
Groups welcome by reservation 302-761-4340.
New Castle County residents receive 50% off admission.
Groups of 6 or more are asked to call ahead to schedule a group tour. 302-761-4340
Historic Garden Tour
Planned and planted by Joseph Shipley over 150 years ago, the historic garden at Rockwood surrounds the mansion and reflects Shipley's love of the contemporary English landscape gardens of the mid Nineteenth Century.
A new philosophy of garden design emerged in England in the mid 19th century. Dissatisfied with the formal tidy gardens of Europe, landscape designers of this era vowed to seek and follow nature, and give romance and pleasure to the gardens they created. The entire property became a landscape garden unified in a subtle, naturalistic design. Called gardenesque, this style inspired Joseph Shipley to create the gardens at Rockwood.
Though the garden has undergone changes over the years including the loss and addition of trees and shrubs, and a restoration in 2000, some of Shipley's original plantings remain along with the essence of the gardenesque style he loved.
The Bringhursts added a more formal flower garden to the Walled Garden in 1913 which still boasts magnificent Dr. Van Fleet Roses each May
By reservation only.
Call 302-761-4340 or send us an email for availability and rates.