New Castle (Delaware)

New Castle is a quiet town in Delaware, one of the United States of America.

Soft breezes blow from the river over the cobblestone streets and through the quiet town. Walk along the brick walkways and cobblestone streets and instantly walk into the past.

New Castle's history began in the 1650s with a dispute between the Swedish and the Dutch over the land. New Castle was the bustling port for Dutch, Swedish, English, and Finnish settlers and traders in the 17th century. William Penn landed in New Castle in 1682. New Castle was incorporated in 1875.

New Castle is the home of three signers of the Declaration of Independence: George Reed, George Ross, and Thomas McKean.

Get in

By car

Directions from Interstate 95: Once in Delaware…

From I-95 North / South, follow signs for I-295 toward “NY-NJ-Delaware Memorial Bridge.”
Take the last exit before the bridge, Route 9 South (New Castle).
Follow Route 9 South for approximately 2 miles. Get in left lane.
Go straight at stop sign. You are now on 6th Street.
Go straight through next stop sign. Turn left onto Delaware Street at next light.
Continue 4 blocks to the main square. Free parking is available throughout the square and along side streets.

Directions from NJ Turnpike / I-295 South:

After crossing the Delaware Memorial Bridge, stay to the right through the toll plaza.
Take the second exit after the toll plaza for Route 9 South (New Castle).
Follow Route 9 South for approximately 2 miles. Get in left lane.
Go straight at stop sign. You are now on 6th Street.
Go straight through next stop sign. Turn left onto Delaware Street at next light.
Continue 4 blocks to the main square. Free parking is available throughout the square and along side streets.

Directions from Route 13 North / South:

Take Route 273 East at large intersection (Hare’s Corner).
Follow Route 273 East toward New Castle approximately 2 miles.
Go straight through the intersection at Route 141 to continue on Route 273 East / Route 9 North.
Follow Route 273 East / Route 9 North for about 1/2 mile.
After crossing railroad tracks, bear right into Historic New Castle. You are now on Delaware Street.
Follow Delaware Street about 5 blocks to the main square. Free parking is available throughout the square and along side streets.

Get around

Tree-lined cobblestone streets, brick sidewalks, and even a drinking fountain for your dog! All these things help make Historic New Castle an extremely walkable small town. Its museums, shops, restaurants, and parks are all within a few minutes walk of each other. So park the car and enjoy a trip back in time in this beautiful river town!

See

Do

Be sure to visit the museums of the New Castle Historical Society. The Society operates the Amstel House Museum (c. 1738), the Dutch House Museum (c. 1690-1700), and the Old Library Museum. For information on these museums visit www.newcastlehistory.org.

The New Castle Courthouse (c. 1732) is a Delaware State Museum and provides a good introduction to the town.

Buy

Shops include jewelry, decorative arts, antiques, custom framing, needlework, rubber stamps, rare books, and art.

Eat

Restaurants range from inexpensive sandwich shops to colonial taverns and fine dining.

This historic building, circa 1682, has been taking on a new look, and it’s also beginning a new career as a cozy corner for coffee, conversation, and checking out consummate artisans.

Reputed to be the house where William Penn spent his first night in the new world after he landed in New Castle, the house was known as the William Penn Guest House for many years.

Newly robed in shades of Jamestown Red and Colonial Gold, the shutters and doors are now welcoming a new population of highly skilled artisans, those looking for great deals, and weary travelers looking for a good cup of Joe, a tasty nibbly, and a comfy place to log on.

Drink

Sleep

Go next

Cultural & Historical Attractions Near Historic New Castle include:

Historic New Castle is located about 45 minutes from Philadelphia, 75 minutes from Baltimore, 90 minutes from Washington DC, and 2 hours from New York City.

Routes through New Castle

Philadelphia Wilmington  N  S  Dover Salisbury
Baltimore Perryville  W  E  Pennsville Atlantic City
West Chester Wilmington  N  S  END


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