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. Fri May 20

    Happy-Hour Yoga at Rockwood What could be better than a flow yoga practice followed by a glass of wine? Rockwood’s latest addition to its yoga offerings pairs your favorite pastimes into the beginning of a terrific weekend. Let go of the work-week stress with this double layer of mindfulness and relaxation. Please bring a mat and/or towel, water & blocks if you use them. Ages 21+. Masks required.
  2. Sat May 21

    Watercolor Kids at Rockwood Kids of all experience levels will study form, color, and light/shadow through still life compositions in graphite and watercolor. The lesson will be taught inside or outside the museum depending on the weather. Children will be encouraged to paint fun, themed displays of found objects from multiple angles. Then the kids will discuss artworks from the museum’s permanent collection for examples of these lessons. Ages 6-12.
  3. Sat May 21

    Gothic Fantasy: Rockwood Landscape Architecture Tour Enjoy an ideal garden walk and listen to stories of the planning, design, and construction of Rockwood’s unique Gothic revival mansion and Picturesque landscapes. The tour guide will give information about the biography of Rockwood’s first owner, Joseph Shipley, and the history of British and American architecture at this time to create a context for this preserved rural oasis. Highlights will include one of the oldest attached conservatories in America, Rockwood’s Heritage Garden of 19th-century trees, and one of the best-preserved ha-ha walls outside of Great Britain. This tour pairs very well with the Guided Museum Tour of the interiors. Ages 14+. Social distancing is recommended. Folding chairs are recommended. Use “Art-Reach2022” and “RPPS2022” coupon codes at check out to unlock membership discount – must provide proof of membership at the beginning of the tour.
  4. Sat May 21

    Rockwood Kids and Family May Day Yoga Rockwood Park & Museum is beginning yoga sessions for children and families with the popular instructor Maryann Quinn. These monthly, themed and super-fun yoga practices will encourage kids to be more present, centered and active. Kids can practice with a guardian present or the entire family can practice together. Locations within Rockwood structures may vary. Please bring a mat, towel, water & blocks if you use them. All Ages, children must be accompanied by an adult. Masks required.
  5. Sat May 21

    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+. Masks required.
  6. Sun May 22

    Rockwood's Historic Structures Walking Tour Take a rare walk back in time to learn how the existing and lost structures of Rockwood completed a working estate of food production, animal husbandry, household utilities, transportation, and other 19th-century challenges. Your guide will be dressed in vintage clothing and will use vintage photographs to provide you with the history of Rockwood as you walk from structure to structure. Tour is approximately 90 minutes in length and covers approximately 1 mile to include surfaces of grass, gravel, and paved areas. Ages 14+. Comfortable walking shoes are recommended. Use “Art-Reach2022” and “RPPS2022” coupon codes at check out to unlock membership discount – must provide proof of membership at the beginning of the tour.
  7. Sun May 22

    Rockwood Guided Meditation Meditation is a thoughtless awareness involving a calm body and quiet mind. There are many approaches to meditation. In these sessions, we will explore some of the many ways to facilitate meditation. Instructor: Maryann Quinn.
  8. Thu May 26

    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.
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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.