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Aerial view of the Green in New Castle

THE NEW CASTLE HISTORICAL SOCIETY

HISTORY AT HOME

DISCOVER THE PAST WITH US
HISTORY

Publications & Articles

We've made several of our books about New Castle history available for free!

ARTIFACTS

Collections & Archives

Check out some of the highlights of the New Castle Historical Society's collections!

EXHIBITIONS

Visit a Virtual Exhibit

We've adapted some of our history exhibits so you can enjoy them online!

EXPLORE OUR MUSEUMS

The New Castle Historical Society operates three historic museums to share the history of our community - 

the c. 1690 Dutch House, the 1738 Amstel House, and the 1892 Old Library Museum.

 

All three are open to the public for tours, programs and exhibitions throughout the year.

The Dutch House Museum

Learn about life in this 17th century Dutch colony in one of New Castle's oldest remaining houses. Furnished with Dutch colonial antiques, the Dutch House offers a unique experience for visitors. 

The Amstel House museum

Discover New Castle's rebellious side in the Amstel House, the home of Governor Nicholas Van Dyke during the Revolutionary War. With family and period artifacts throughout, you'll make a personal connection with America's past.

The Old Library Museum

Enjoy changing exhibitions on various topics over four centuries of New Castle's history.  Our 2023 exhibit explores New Castle's European beginnings with Fort Casimir.

ENJOY OUR PROGRAMS & EVENTS

With a variety of educational programs and special events offered throughout the year,

you'll find plenty of opportunities with us to indulge your inner historian!

Hearth Cooking
AMSTEL LIVE

Amstel Live is a series of evening programs in the Amstel House museum for adults, 21 and over. Each session will feature a central historic theme with facilitators  hosting conversations, activities & performances.

Historic beverages & light fare will be provided. 

New Castle History Lecture
TAVERN TOURS

Join us for an hour-long guided walking tour of New Castle's historic tavern sites.

 

Tours have ended for 2023. Check back with us next year for more tours!

Hauntings in History tours
HAUNTINGS IN HISTORY

New Castle's original ghost tour is back again in October 2023 with new stories and experiences to get you in the Halloween mood! With a mix of history and folklore, Hauntings in History tours cover the dark side of New Castle's past. Advance tickets are required.

Volunteers working in historic collections
HELP US PRESERVE THE HISTORY
OF NEW CASTLE 

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