Sculpture by Charles Parks

Display of works by the noted Wilmington artist featuring historical and political figures including a Minute Man; and presidents Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford and George W. Bush.

photo of the Sculpture of orchard Nixon by Charles Park
photo of Sculptures by Charles Parks
photo of Sculptures by Charles Parks

Three Forts, One Community

Exhibit highlights the cultural and social impacts the Swedish, Dutch and English settlements had on the present day town of New Castle. Also highlighted is the trade and relationships they had with the local Lenni Lenape tribes including an interactive table with popular trade goods such as beaver fur.

Photo of "touch and explore" display
photo of exhibit Exhibit highlighting the cultural and social impacts the Swedish, Dutch and English settlements
photo of exhibit Exhibit highlighting the cultural and social impacts the Swedish, Dutch and English settlements

The Path to Freedom: A History of the Underground Railroad in Delaware

Exhibit telling the harrowing story of one family’s escape to freedom on the Underground Railroad. Learn about the family and the challenges they, and many other runaways, faced. Explore the lives of famous abolitionists and the consequences they faced in helping runaway slaves.

Photo of exhibit about A History of the Underground Railroad in Delaware
Photo of exhibit about A History of the Underground Railroad in Delaware

Special Events

May

A Day in Old New Castle

Third Saturday in May, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Historic New Castle House and Garden, the oldest house and garden tour in the nation currently in its ninth decade. Historic homes and gardens open for tours; historical military encampments and entertainments on the Green; plus food, music, carriage rides and more. For more information www.dayinoldnewcastle.com

June

Separation Day

Second Friday and Saturday in June. Friday, 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Annual celebration of the birthday of the Delaware State and separation from Great Britain and Pennsylvania. Friday night features food, bands and craft beer festival. Saturday’s day-into-night celebration features a parade, music, food, rides, encampments, community booths, arts and crafts, and entertainments in Battery Park. Evening concludes with a concert and spectacular fireworks display. Free admission. For more information http://www.sepdayde.com

October

River Towns Ride and Festival

First Saturday in October, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Annual bicycle race and craft brew festivals in the historic towns of New Castle and Delaware City. Both towns featuring food, bands, craft beers, family entertainments and craft vendors. Free shuttle between towns. For more information www.rivertownsfestival.com

William Penn Day

Fourth Saturday in October, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Celebrating the landing of William Penn in New Castle in 1682 and his receipt of the Delaware counties as part of Pennsylvania. Reenactments, music, historical theater, tours and an evening Baroque music concert. For more information call 302-323-4453.

December

Spirit of Christmas in New Castle

Second Saturday in December, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Annual holiday celebration in Historic New Castle featuring Dickens-themed holiday decorated houses, tours, music, food, Santa and a grand ball. For more information call 302-323-4453.