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. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Sat May 28

    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+.
  5. Thu Jun. 2

    Treasure 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.
  6. Thu Jun. 2

    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. Fri Jun. 10

    Full 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
  8. Sat Jun. 11

    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+.
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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.