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.


Life at Rockwood through the Eyes of The Servants

This new exhibit is dedicated to the Rockwood Servants; featuring those who cleaned, cooked, and cared for the families who lived on the estate from 1854 to 1972. The Cook’s Room on the first floor will feature photos and artifacts from the past with interactive (Please Touch) items and a new exhibit room on the second floor will depict a Servant’s bedroom. There is no extra charge for viewing these new exhibits but regular admission prices apply.

On display throughout 2014

Fabulous Spaces
If you haven’t been to Rockwood lately, there are things you are missing. Our
new exhibit spaces include: The Cook’s Bedroom, a plain, but comfortable living
area where the head cook would sleep and get away from the hustle and bustle
of kitchen duties; and The Cook’s Kitchen, a totally touchable space where we
display the latest in 20th century appliances for your tactile experience.

Holiday Preview
The Bringhurst family and their servants are preparing for the holidays. The house
servants are taking the formal gowns and accessories out for cleaning. The kitchen staff are perusing cookbooks and making grocery lists, preparing meals for the guests who will be entertained by the family. Stop by and get a peek as preparations are being made for the Holiday Open House.
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.