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A Day in Old New Castle
May 21, 2011 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Step Back in Time
A Day in Old New Castle is the oldest home and garden tour in the United States. Each year for the past 86 years, tourists from across the region have enjoyed the chance to step back in time to the historic era when New Castle served as the capital of the fledgling colony of Delaware. This quaint community’s founding dates back 350 years. It was here on the banks of the Delaware River that William Penn first set foot in North America in 1682, and it was from New Castle that two of Delaware’s three signers of the Declaration of Independence rode forth in 1776. A Day in Old New Castle is a charity event; 2011 proceeds go to the Friends of the New Castle Library and Immanuel Church.
A Day of Living History
Unique among many colonial towns, New Castle is more than a reconstructed or preserved historical district. A fully residential community, New Castle is a living town. Once a year, on this one day only, residents open their private homes and gardens to the public. Many conduct tours of their properties in person, demonstrating, through a glimpse into personal lives, the continuing adaptation of old structures to new life. Immerse yourself in our long and varied history as you:
~Stroll through carefully tended gardens
~Tour exquisite private homes dating from the 18th century that reflect the history of Old New Castle
~Enjoy guided historical walking tours
~Enjoy period music, dance, and change ringing on the church tower bells
Free parking and shuttle from the First Baptist Church in New Castle (Routes 141 & 273) to the Green in Old New Castle during the event.
Saturday, May 21, 2011, 10 am to 5 pm.