Joseph Shipley, a Quaker merchant banker, built Rockwood between 1851 and 1854. Its Gothic Revival architecture and enchanting landscape were designed to reflect the beauty of an English country estate.

The museum reflects the way the Bringhurst family, descendants of Shipley, lived during the turn of the 20th century.

Right in the middle of the party season, there is a holiday wedding in the works at Rockwood! Come to the museum in December and see 19th Century party dresses, suits, and accessories set amongst lavish holiday decorations, festive food, and wedding preparations.

Black History Month Display
In honor of Black History Month, we will take a close look at the stories of the African-America staff who worked at Rockwood, such as Cora McNitt, Sam Meyers, and Buttercup. This display includes period photographs of the staff, along with details from the archives and family correspondence.
Ghost Tours
Rockwood offers private and group ghost tours throughout the year. Upcoming tours will appear in our events section. If you would like to inquire about a private tour or would like more information please call Philip Nord at 302-761-4340.

Group & School Tours
To inquire about group or school tours of the historic gardens, please contact the main office.