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No events currently scheduled in January.



Join us for our Wintery Wednesdays Lecture Series:

Wednesday, February 3, 7:00 pm
"Robert Kirkwood - Delaware Continental Officer and Leader"
The Arsenal, 30 Market Street, New Castle

Speaker: Chris Mlynarczyk, President, 1st Delaware Regiment

Come and learn the history of Robert Kirkwood, Delaware Continental Officer and Leader. As one of the leaders of the famous Delaware Continentals, this talk will focus on Kirkwood's contributions and experiences as a young American officer in General Washington's Continental Army.
Free to current NCHS members; $3 for general public.

Wednesday, February 10, 7:00 pm
New Castle Revisited
The Arsenal, 30 Market Street, New Castle

Speaker: Mike Connolly, Local Historian

Local author Mike Connolly presents a photo-history of New Castle based on his recent book, New Castle Revisited, from Arcadia Publishing. The presentation features images from the archival collection of the New Castle Historical Society. Mike will have copies of the book on hand available for purchase.
Free to current NCHS members; $3 for general public.

Wednesday, February 17, 7:00 pm
Pass the Rum: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition
The Arsenal, 30 Market Street, New Castle

Speaker: Mike Dixon, Local Historian

*This program has been made possible by a grant from the Delaware Humanities Forum, a state program of the National Endowment for the Humanities*

Local Historian, Mike Dixon, looks at historical attempts to regulate the consumption of alcohol over the centuries. During the presentation the audience will hear colorful stories of rum runners, moonshiners, bathtub gin, intriguing personalities, complicated politics, organized crime, outgunned lawmen, and the temperance movement.
Free to current NCHS members; $3 for general public.

Wednesday, February 24, 7:00 pm
Pets in America: A History
The Arsenal, 30 Market Street, New Castle

Speaker: Dr. Kasey Grier, University of Delaware

Dr. Kasey Grier will present on pet keeping in the United States during the 1800s and 1900s.
Free to current NCHS members; $3 for general public.

Saturday, February 20 from 7:00pm to 10:30pm
Winter Fundraiser at the Arsenal - Bootlegger's Bash
The Arsenal, 30 Market Street, New Castle
Join us on February 20th from 7 pm to 10:30 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 a mixologist, silent films, best costume contest, silent auction, Jazz band, photo booth and much more! Scofflaw? Teetotaler? All are welcome!

Tickets are $85 per person and must be reserved in advance.
To reserve your spot today, please purchase your tickets here: Bootlegger's Bash Tickets


Thursday, March 31 at 7:00pm
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. Guest Speaker will be Ethan McKinley from the National Park Service.Free to the public.


Friday, 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 Arsenal, 30 Market Street, Old New Castle. 


April 14, 2016, 6:00 p.m.
Colonial School District 3rd Annual History 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 3rd Annual History 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. Please RSVP to the Society at (302) 322-2794 or by email to nchistorical@aol.com.



Friday, May 6, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.and
Saturday, May 7, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 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 on East 2nd Street. 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 

Saturday, May 21, 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 2016 theme. This event is presented by The Community of the City of New Castle. For event and ticket information, please visit dionc.immanuelepiscopal.com or call (302) 322-5774.


Wednesday, June 1 {REVISED DATE}, 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. Reservations are highly suggested.

Online ticketing is available now: 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 NCHS Sponsors:

Parkway Gravel
New Castle Insurance - www.newcastleinsure.com

Lafayette Sponsor:
New Castle Farmer's Market - www.newcastlefarmersmarket.com

William Penn Sponsors:
2nd Act Antiques - www.2ndactantiques.com
Jessop's Tavern - www.jessops-tavern.com
Michelle Quaranta and Chris Cashman of Patterson Schwartz - www.chriscashman.com


No events currently scheduled in July.




No events currently scheduled in August.



Saturday, September 24

44th 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. For more information call 302-328-LION (5466) or visit www.artonthegreende.net.
Admission, parking and shuttle available free to the public.


10/14, 10/15, 10/21, 10/22, 10/28, 10/29 at 7:00pm, 7:30pm and 8:30pm

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 Old New Castle!  You'll begin your journey into New Castle's supernatural side with a tour of the legendary Amstel House - one of New Castle's most haunted houses - where you may meet the "Woman in Blue."  After exploring the Amstel House, you will 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 360-year history of this Delaware River town.  

Space is limited and these tours will sell out!

Non-NCHS Member Pricing:
Tickets: $13 adults, $9 children (12 and under)

Receive a discount on your tickets if you're an NCHS member - Click here for membership info!

NCHS Member Pricing:
Tickets: $11 adults, $7 children (12 and under)

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

Online ticketing is available at: Hauntings in History Tickets

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 18 or more are also available at alternate times than listed. Please contact the New Castle Historical Society at 302-322-2794 for more information.

No events currently scheduled in November.


Saturday, December 10, 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 9: Fezziwig Ball & Saturday, December 10: Victorian Tea: Characters in costume throughout town, and street performances of A Christmas Carol

December 9, 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 on Tuesday, November 29 from 7-9 p.m. Period clothing is encouraged, but not required. Do not wait, this will sell out!

$40 per person - Online ticketing is available at: Fezziwig Ball Tickets

December 10 at 10:30 a.m., 1:00 p.m., and 3:30 p.m. at The Arsenal
Victorian Tea.

$24 per person or $160 for a full table of eight, a savings of $4 per ticket! Online ticketing available now by clicking here

Please note, for a full table purchase, please call the office at 302-322-2794 to purchase your tickets.

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.