News Flash Home
The original item was published from 4/30/2014 9:47:00 AM to 5/1/2014 12:05:00 AM.

News Flash

Executive - Press Release

Posted on: April 30, 2014

[ARCHIVED] Rockwood Museum to Open Exhibit on Servants

County Executive Thomas P. Gordon is pleased to announce that Rockwood Museum is scheduled to open a new exhibit called the “Upstairs Downstairs at Rockwood Manor: Life Through the Eyes of the Servants.”

The special opening is free and will take place from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, May 4. Tours are free on the first Sunday of every month as well.

“We often hear about the esteemed Bringhurst and Shipley families that lived in the Rockwood estate,” County Executive Gordon said. “This exhibit will give residents a unique perspective on the lives of those who lived on the estate from 1854 to 1972 as it is dedicated to the servants who cleaned, cooked and cared for them.”

The Rockwood exhibit features more than a dozen archival images of the servants taken by the Bringhurst family at the turn of the Twentieth Century. The original photographs are from the Shipley-Bringhurst-Hargraves Papers housed in the University of Delaware Archives.

Items from the Museum collection, many displayed to the public for the first time, include an ornate coal-fired cooking stove, an early electric washing machine, clothing worn by the servants, and farming tools and equipment.

“Visitors are encouraged to pick up and handle many of the artifacts,” said Philip Nord, director of Rockwood Museum. “Seeing these everyday items from the turn of the Twentieth century will inform many adult visitors of their parents’ or grandparents’ lives. Younger visitors will enjoy discovering how these objects and machines were considered modern innovations more than a century ago.”

Rockwood Museum is open Wednesday through Saturday, 10am to 4pm and Sundays 11am to 4pm. For more information call (302)761-4340 or visit


Additional Info...
Facebook Twitter Email

Other News in Executive - Press Release

Disaster Declaration Update

Posted on: October 27, 2021

WOW! What is going on with the sun?

Posted on: August 16, 2017

Holiday event canceled at Carousel Park

Posted on: December 5, 2016
Mannequin Challenge moment (3).jpg

Donations sought for prom gown giveaway

Posted on: November 15, 2016

“Year of the Senior Citizen” Declared

Posted on: February 11, 2016

County resumes normal operating hours

Posted on: January 26, 2016

Fishing begins at Glasgow Park

Posted on: November 16, 2015
Isaiah Thompson.jpg

Plummer Center Escapee Captured

Posted on: June 10, 2015

County’s New Website Now Live

Posted on: March 18, 2014

New Castle County Dog Licenses Due March 1

Posted on: February 24, 2014