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.
Holiday Open House
New Castle County’s shining holiday celebration will return to Rockwood with an open campus and spectacular roster of activities.
Sun Dec. 3
Free First Sundays at Rockwood Museum
Come try out Rockwood Museum’s self-guided tour for the first time or return to see many fun, new changes – on us! This is our chance to give back to the community and open the doors wide open.
Sun Dec. 3
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.
Thursday PM Yoga Meditation
During the winter months, evening yoga meditation with instructor Mia Muratori will take place inside the museum and emphasize conscious breathing techniques and gentle movement.
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.