“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
New Castle in New Castle County, Delaware — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)

Read House & Gardens

Delaware Historical Society

Read House & Gardens Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Pfingsten, April 9, 2012
1. Read House & Gardens Marker
Inscription.  In 1797 the foundation of George Read II's mansion was laid only feet from his statesman father's home on a busy New Castle street. By 1805 the stylish Federal period house towered over its neighbors. A fire claimed the home of George Read I, as well as most of the buildings on the southern end of the block, in 1824. Townspeople rebuilt, but the two lots in front of you remained open. George Read II owned both lots in 1833 as well as the open river lot behind you.

Immediately after purchasing the house in 1846, second owner William Couper and his family added a formal garden that stretched back to Second Street. He and his family also purchased the lot to the north of the Read House. In the early 1900s third owners Philip and Lydia Laird laid brick sidewalks throughout the garden and erected brick walls to unify their property with the streetscape.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Notable Places. A significant historical year for this entry is 1797.
Location. 39° 39.572′ N, 75° 33.697′ W. Marker is in New Castle, Delaware, in New Castle County. Marker is on The Strand. Touch for map

George Read II House image. Click for full size.
By Bill Pfingsten, April 9, 2012
2. George Read II House
Gardens are to the left of the house.
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. Marker is in this post office area: New Castle DE 19720, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Home of George Read (a few steps from this marker); In Memory of Philip and Lydia Laird (within shouting distance of this marker); Packet Alley (within shouting distance of this marker); The Welcome Society of Pennsylvania (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Frenchtown Railroad Sleepers (about 300 feet away); Presbyterian Church (about 300 feet away); New Castle Common (about 400 feet away); Revolutionary War Patriots in the Immanuel Churchyard (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in New Castle.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on April 21, 2012, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page has been viewed 588 times since then and 13 times this year. Last updated on April 21, 2012, by Keith S Smith of West Chester, Pennsylvania. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on April 21, 2012, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.

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