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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!

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FOURTH FRIDAY
ART LOOP

Join us as we celebrate the arts at in Historic New Castle on the Fourth Friday of each month.

 

New Castle's downtown businesses, restaurants and historic sites host receptions and exhibitions. 

This Month's Schedule

New Castle History Lecture
LECTURES

Join us for the History Revival lecture series about the history of food and drink in Delaware!

 

Every Tuesday & Thursday in August at the New Castle Courthouse Museum. 

7:00 pm

Free

Hauntings in History tours
HAUNTINGS IN HISTORY

New Castle's original ghost tour is back again in October 2024 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.

Tickets on sale soon!

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

JOIN. VOLUNTEER. DONATE.

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