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No events currently scheduled in January.



Join us for our Wintery Wednesdays Lecture Series:

Wednesday, February 8, 7:00 pm
The Great Migration
The Arsenal, 30 Market Street, New Castle

Speaker: General Frank Ianni

Come and learn about Italian immigration to the United States.
Free to current NCHS members; $3 for general public.

Wednesday, February 15, 7:00 pm
Colonial School District Public Meeting
The Arsenal, 30 Market Street, New Castle

Speakers: Dr. Bud Read, Assistant Superintendent, and Dr. Nick Baker, Supervisor of Curriculum and Instruction, Colonial School District

The Colonial School District and the New Castle Historical Society created a great relationship over the past couple of years. Through the Power of WE strategic vision, community partnerships play a critical role in the education of Colonial students everyday. From the innovative classes at William Penn, to the redesign of the middle schools and the opportunities for community partnerships in our elementary schools, Colonial is a district like none other. In order to continue progressing forward, Colonial will be going to referendum on February 28th. We encourage you to attend this meetings to learn more about our partnership and how Colonial needs your support in the months ahead.
Free to everyone.

Wednesday, February 22, 7:00 pm
The Italians are Coming
The Arsenal, 30 Market Street, New Castle

Speaker: Mr. Joseph DiPinto

Many Italians migrated to and settled throughout the United States during the 20th Century. Join Mr. DiPinto as he speaks about Italians arriving in New Castle and becoming Americans. Mr. DiPinto, formerly a State legislator and City of Wilmington Director of Economic Development, is a current member of the Board of the Delaware Commission on Italian Heritage and Culture.
Free to current NCHS members; $3 for general public.

Saturday, February 25 from 7:00pm to 10:00pm
Winter Fundraiser at The Arsenal - Bootlegger's Bash
The Arsenal, 30 Market Street, New Castle
Join us on February 25th from 7 pm to 10:00 pm, for our annual Winter Fundraiser, Bootlegger's Bash, to support the Society. Escape the winter doldrums and have a roaring good time at our juice joint! Guests will enjoy Prohibition-era cocktails prepared by mixologists from C.R. Hummingbird to Mars, silent films, best costume contest, the Blackbird Society Orchestra jazz band, great food from Jessop's Tavern, photo booth and much more! Scofflaw? Teetotaler? All are welcome! Costumes are not required.

Tickets are $55 per person, or $45 person for NCHS members, and must be reserved in advance.
To reserve your spot today, please purchase your tickets here: Bootlegger's Bash Tickets
Thank you to our sponsors!
Jessop's Tavern
C.R. Hummingbird to Mars
Gebhart Funeral Homes
Chris and Karen Castagno

Blackbird SocietyOrchestra


No Events scheduled in March


Saturday, April 1, 10:00 a.m.
House Museums Open.
The Amstel House & Dutch House museums open to public for tours. Tickets for tours may be purchased at the New Castle Visitor Center at The Arsenal, 30 Market Street, Historic New Castle. 


Thursday, April 6 at 6:00 pm
Colonial School District 4th Annual Social Studies Bowl
George Read Middle School
314 E. Basin Road, New Castle, DE 19720.  
New Castle Historical Society, in partnership with Colonial School District, is delighted to sponsor the 4th Annual Social Studies Bowl. Colonial School District students will participate in a fun, Jeopardy-style competition to test their knowledge of Delaware and local history. This program is free and open to the public.

Thursday, April 13 at 7:00 pm
NCHS Annual Meeting
The Arsenal, 30 Market Street, New Castle

The New Castle Historical Society will hold our Annual Meeting at 7:00pm at The Arsenal, 30 Market Street, New Castle, DE. Free to the public.



Friday, May 5, 2017, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and
Saturday, May 6, 2017, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
May Market The Arasapha Garden Club's Annual May Market is the perfect place to find plants, herbs, and flowers for your garden. Behind the Old Town Hall between East 2nd and Market Streets. Proceeds support the Arasapha Garden Club's work in the historic gardens of the Amstel House and Dutch House. For more information visit www.arasapha.org 

Friday, May 12, 2017, 7 p.m
History Rocks The New Castle Historical Society presents History Rocks, a low-cost party at The Arsenal. Learn more about what the Society has to offer, take a peek at the New Castle Visitor Center, and have a good time with good friends and neighbors, new and old. $5/person is you bring an appetizer or dessert to share, $10/person if you do not. There will be music, dancing, and an inexpensive cash bar. Bring a friend!

Saturday, May 20, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
A Day in Old New Castle.
America's oldest house and garden tour returns this year. The Amstel House and Dutch House will be open for tours free to ticket holders from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The NCHS Gardens at Amstel House, Dutch House and The Old Library will also be open to view as part of this event. "Taverns, Taprooms and Tippling Houses" will be the 2017 theme. This event is presented by The Community of the City of New Castle. For event and ticket information, please visit historicnewcastle.com/historicnewcastle.com/DIONC.html Tickets are also available at the New Castle Visitor Center at The Arsenal.


Thursday, June 1, 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Annual Garden Party.  Welcome the beginning of summer at our annual bash in the Dutch House gardens! Heavy hors d'oeuvres and libations are included with admission to the party. Tickets are $30 for current NCHS members and $35 for non-members. Admission is free for our 1651 Benefactor Club members. Reservations are highly suggested.

Tickets are available at Garden Party Tickets.

For questions, please email info@newcastlehistory.org or call the Society office at 302-322-2794.

Rain Location will be at The Arsenal.

Thank you to our 2017 Garden Party Sponsors:

Arsenal Party Raffle.  Raffle tickets now available online for a chance to win an all-expenses paid party, for up to 65 people, at The Arsenal. Catering by Cafe New Castle and music by DJ Paul Freebery of American Pie Entertainment is included! Tickets are only 25 dollars each and the winner will be drawn at the Garden Party on June 1. Click here for more info and to buy tickets!

Friday, June 9, 2017 and
Saturday, June 10, 2017, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Separation Day Celebrate Delaware separation from the British crown and Pennsylvania! Be sure to catch NCHS volunteers in the Separation Day parade Saturday morning. For more information about the whole event, visit the Separation Day website 


No events currently scheduled in July.




No events currently scheduled in August.



Thursday, September 7, 6:00 pm
Revolutionary Delaware
The Arsenal, 30 Market Street, New Castle

Speaker: Kim Burdick

In 1776, Delaware declared independence from both England and Pennsylvania. Originally known as the Three Lower Counties of Pennsylvania, the First State was instrumental in the fight to form a new republic. The Marquis de Lafayette, Nathanael Greene and George Washington all made trips to the state. Caesar Rodney's ride and the Battle of Cooch's Bridge are legendary, but the state has many unsung heroes. Citizens from every village, town, crossroads and marsh risked their lives to support their beliefs. Join author Kim Burdick as she offers the carefully documented story of ordinary people coping with extraordinary circumstances. For more information visit: dehistory.org/main-calendar/details/163-revolutionary-delaware

Free to current NCHS and Delaware Historical Society members; $2 for general public.

Saturday, September 16, 1:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Read House & Gardens

Enjoy a family-friendly session in our 19th century garden. This backyard expo will bring together community organizations to explore issues of food access and urban gardens through education and fun! 3B: Brae's Brown Bags, Food Bank of Delaware, Southbridge Youth Farm, Delaware Center for Horticulture, Planting Hope Urban Farm, Delaware Urban Farm and Food Coalition, the New Castle Conservation District, and Greenbank Mills and Philips Farm will be on hand with educational games, activities, and plants for sale. Tour the Read House kitchen and participate in activities that provide the historical connection to these contemporary food issues. For more information visit: dehistory.org/main-calendar/details/118-farm-2-fork

Admission is a food donation or a suggested monetary donation of $1.25, $5.00, or $7.00.

Saturday, September 23

47th Annual Art on the Green in Battery Park. Art on the Green is an annual Art & Craft Show in Historic New Castle Delaware, in Battery Park, along the banks of the Delaware River. Over 200 artists, crafters and food vendors. The New Castle Historical Society will have a booth at the event and will be offering walking tours of the Green. For more information about the whole event, call 302-328-LION (5466) or visit www.artonthegreende.net.
Admission, parking and shuttle available free to the public.


10/13, 10/14, 10/20, 10/21, 10/26, 10/27, and 10/28. 7:00, 7:30, and 8:30 pm each night.

Hauntings in History Walking Tours

If you are brave enough to explore the darker side of New Castle's history, then join the New Castle Historical Society this October for the only ghost tour that brings you inside one of the most haunted mansions of New Castle!  Your journey into New Castle's supernatural side with includes a tour of the legendary Amstel House - one of New Castle's most haunted houses - where you may meet the "Woman in Blue."  You will also be guided through New Castle's darkened streets and alleyways where you will hear macabre tales of hauntings, Victorian death & funeral customs, and crime & punishment that span the over 360-year history of this Delaware River town.  

Space is limited and these tours will sell out!

Ticket information and purchasing available by clicking here!

Receive a discount on your tickets if you're an NCHS member, plus get first choice of the available dates and times during the member-only pre-sale that starts mid-August - Click here for membership info!

Member pre-sale starts August 15 and general public ticket sales open September 1!

All of the tours sold out well in advance last year, so if you want to guarantee your spot, become a member and take advantage of the pre-sale.

Ideal for corporate outings, team building events, girls night out, fraternity and sorority groups and many other group functions. Private group tours for groups of 25 or more are also available at alternate times than listed. Please contact the New Castle Historical Society at 302-322-2794 for more information.

Thank you to our 2017 Hauntings in History sponsors:

Lafayette Sponsor:
New Castle Farmer's Market -

William Penn Sponsors:
2nd Act Antiques -

Jessop's Tavern -


No events currently scheduled in November.


Saturday, December 9, 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. - Rain or Shine -
The Spirit of Christmas

This town-wide celebration, sponsored by the New Castle Presbyterian Church, presents private homes and churches decorated for the season, and musical events throughout the day. Programs for the day are available at the NC Presbyterian Church, 25 E. 2nd Street. For more information, call the church at 302-328-3279 or visit their website at http://www.newcastlepreschurch.org/spirit.
Admission will be free {during The Spirit of Christmas} at the Amstel House, which will be decorated for a traditional colonial holiday celebration, and the Dutch House, which will feature a celebration of St. Nicholas' Eve. The Amstel House and Dutch Houses will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 


A Dickens Experience in Old New Castle, Delaware from New Castle Historical Society.

Friday, December 8: Fezziwig Ball & Saturday, December 9: Victorian Tea: Characters in costume throughout town, and street performances of scenes from A Christmas Carol

December 8, 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. at The Arsenal
Fezziwig Ball.

The Arsenal transforms into the Fezziwig house from A Christmas Carol for one night. This Victorian Ball will have period music, a Dance Master calling the dances and giving instructions, and refreshments. Plus, ticket holders may attend a dance rehearsal in advance, date TBA. Period clothing is encouraged, but not required. Ticketing information coming in October.

December 9 at 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m., and 3:30 p.m. at The Arsenal
Victorian Tea.

Ticketing information will be available in October.

December 1 Through December 30
Holidays at the Amstel and Dutch Houses. The Amstel House will be decorated for a traditional holiday celebration in colonial times, showing off a “dessert board” of the period, and featuring traditional 18th century customs during the period of Governor Nicholas Van Dyke's residency. At the Dutch House, experience a celebration of St. Nichols’ Eve, a tribute to the legend of Saint Nicholas, Dutch patron saint. Included with regular admission to the museums.