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.

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  1. Sat Jun. 25

    Story 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+.
  2. Sat Jun. 25

    2022 Old Fashioned Ice Cream Festival at Rockwood Park This quintessential summer festival features lots of ice cream, live local music, kids' activities, a maker market, fantastic food, museum tours, fireworks, and lots more!
  3. Tue Jun. 28

    Flow Yoga Outdoor Flow Yoga with instructor Maryann Quinn. Come for an hour of fun and relaxation at Rockwood Park and learn the art of Flow Yoga. The program is offered every Tuesday at 9 am. The program will be offered outdoors by the Museum Conservatory, weather permitting, however, this activity will be held rain or shine. Please bring a mat, blocks, towel, water. Ages 16-Adults
  4. Thu Jun. 30

    Yappy 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.
  5. Tue Jul. 5

    Flow Yoga Outdoor Flow Yoga with instructor Maryann Quinn. Come for an hour of fun and relaxation at Rockwood Park and learn the art of Flow Yoga. The program is offered every Tuesday at 9 am. The program will be offered outdoors by the Museum Conservatory, weather permitting, however, this activity will be held rain or shine. Please bring a mat, blocks, towel, water. Ages 16-Adults
  6. Thu Jul. 7

    Watercolors 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.
  7. Sat Jul. 9

    Rockwood 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+.
  8. Tue Jul. 12

    Flow Yoga Outdoor Flow Yoga with instructor Maryann Quinn. Come for an hour of fun and relaxation at Rockwood Park and learn the art of Flow Yoga. The program is offered every Tuesday at 9 am. The program will be offered outdoors by the Museum Conservatory, weather permitting, however, this activity will be held rain or shine. Please bring a mat, blocks, towel, water. Ages 16-Adults
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The Carriage House at Rockwood Park

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:

  • Weddings
  • Holiday gatherings
  • Family reunions
  • Birthday and anniversary parties
  • Nonprofit events
  • Baby/bridal showers
  • Corporate functions

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  1. Rockwood Park & Museum

    Physical Address
    4651 Washington Street Extension
    Wilmington, DE 19802

    Phone: (302) 761-4340

  2. Facility Rentals

    Mansion, Garden, and Conservatory Rentals
    Phone: (302) 761-4340

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National Register of Historic Places, Rockwood, New Castle County, Delaware, National Register #76000579.

Rockwood Park is a Certified Wildlife Habitat Certified by the National Wildlife Federation
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Accessibility

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.