History still being made in New Castle with city’s first female mayor sworn in at museum site
The New Castle County Court House Museum was the site of another historic moment as the city’s first female mayor was sworn into office.
Valarie Leary, who has served on city council since 2017, took the oath of office on Aug. 17, 2023, making her the first woman to lead the historic city along the Delaware River.
Built in 1732, the New Castle Court House served as Delaware’s first court and state capitol. Here in 1776, New Castle, Kent and Sussex counties declared their independence from Pennsylvania and England creating the Delaware State. The museum is open to the public and admission is free. Hours are Wednesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with tours at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. and Sundays from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. with tours at 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.