Maypole dancing on the New Castle Green during Days in Old New Castle, 2003

Visit historic Old New Castle on Saturday, May 21, to experience the nation’s oldest house and garden tour. Get a sneak preview of the Division’s newly reopened New Castle Court House Museum and explore historic private homes and gardens, museums and churches during the annual Day in Old New Castle celebration from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Founded by the women of Immanuel Episcopal Church on the Green as a fundraiser 96 years ago, the event has been sponsored by the New Castle Community Partnership since 2012. The proceeds help support the community. 

Delaware’s Tall Ship the Kalmar Nyckel will be docked on the Delaware River and available for tours. Stroll the Green and Wharf for historical reenactments and encampments, but just watch out for roaming pirates.

Colonial artisans will be on hand to demonstrate traditional methods of living. Throughout the town, visitors will find children’s activities, musical performances, craft vendors and a food court. Watch artists as they compete in the plein air painting competition and pick up an original piece of art for your home.
The event is rain or shine. Tickets are $25 for adults, $5 for children 6-16 and admission is free for children under 6. Dress in colonial or Victorian clothing for $1 off the ticket price. Free parking and shuttle service are available. For updates, follow “A Day In Old New Castle” on Facebook or go to