Tours & Ticketing

Mourning Tours October 7 and 8 2016

Victorian Mourning Tours - October 7 & 8


The family of Sarah Shipley Bringhurst will be receiving visitors on October 7 and 8 from 7 to 9 p.m. Join us for a live first-person interpretive performance at Rockwood Museum.  Edward, Jr. and Anna Bringhurst will welcome you to help celebrate the life of Edward’s mother and will share with you the customs, etiquette and superstitions of the late Victorian era. Light refreshments will be served in the parlor. Enter and exit at your leisure. Ages 16+. $10 R/$15 NR. Buy tickets at the door.

Friday, October 7, 7-9 p.m.
Saturday, October 8, 7-9 p.m.

Buy tickets now, or purchase them at the door
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2016 Special Exhibit

- Closing October 30


Victorians and Spiritualism: A Cultural Phenomenon



Spiritualism is a religious practice that believes in the ability to communicate with the spirits of the dead through mediums. The practice rose to popularity among wealthy well-educated Victorians in the mid-19th Century and later
diminished due to fraudulent and unscrupulous pretenders. This exhibit will feature tools of the trade as well as explore the various techniques used to summon spirits from the afterlife. Learn how the belief in Spiritualism
influenced the Victorian traditions of mourning, funeral, and burial. See the mansion dressed in traditional mourning design. During the yearlong exhibit, we will feature a number of special events and programs.

Visit the special exhibit highlighting the role Spiritualism plays during the mid-19th Century. Tours are given on the hour
Wednesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and on Sunday 12-3 p.m.

Museum Tour

Step through the doors to a bygone era. Rockwood houses original furnishings, a large collection of family clothing from the 1890s through the 1920s, and a repository of photographs which tell the story of the Shipley, Bringhurst, and Hargraves Families. Costumed museum guides tell the tales of the families’ wealthy lifestyle, ancestors, and servants in a warm and inviting fashion.

Times:
Wednesday-Saturday: 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 12 p.m., 1 p.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m., 4 p.m.
Sunday: 12 p.m., 1 p.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m., 4 p.m.

Prices:
Adult: $10
Child: $4

New Castle County residents receive 50% off admission.

Groups of 6 or more are asked to call ahead to schedule a group tour. (302) 761-4340
Historic Garden Tour

Planned and planted by Joseph Shipley over 150 years ago, the historic garden at Rockwood surrounds the mansion and reflects Shipley's love of the contemporary English landscape gardens of the mid Nineteenth Century.

A new philosophy of garden design emerged in England in the mid 19th century. Dissatisfied with the formal tidy gardens of Europe, landscape designers of this era vowed to seek and follow nature, and give romance and pleasure to the gardens they created. The entire property became a landscape garden unified in a subtle, naturalistic design. Called gardenesque, this style inspired Joseph Shipley to create the gardens at Rockwood.

Though the garden has undergone changes over the years including the loss and addition of trees and shrubs, and a restoration in 2000, some of Shipley's original plantings remain along  with the essence of the gardenesque style he loved.  

The Bringhursts added a more formal flower garden to the Walled Garden  in 1913 which still boasts magnificent Dr. Van Fleet Roses each May

By reservation only.
Call (302) 761-4340 or send us an email for availability and rates.

Planned and planted by Joseph Shipley over 150 years ago, the historic garden at Rockwood surrounds the mansion and reflects Shipley's love of the contemporary English landscape gardens of the mid Nineteenth Century.

A new philosophy of garden design emerged in England in the mid 19th century. Dissatisfied with the formal tidy gardens of Europe, landscape designers of this era vowed to seek and follow nature, and give romance and pleasure to the gardens they created. The entire property became a landscape garden unified in a subtle, naturalistic design. Called gardenesque, this style inspired Joseph Shipley to create the gardens at Rockwood.

Though the garden has undergone changes over the years including the loss and addition of trees and shrubs, and a restoration in 2000, some of Shipley's original plantings remain along  with the essence of the gardenesque style he loved.  

The Bringhursts added a more formal flower garden to the Walled Garden  in 1913 which still boasts magnificent Dr. Van Fleet Roses each May
Planned and planted by Joseph Shipley over 150 years ago, the historic garden at Rockwood surrounds the mansion and reflects Shipley's love of the contemporary English landscape gardens of the mid Nineteenth Century.

A new philosophy of garden design emerged in England in the mid 19th century. Dissatisfied with the formal tidy gardens of Europe, landscape designers of this era vowed to seek and follow nature, and give romance and pleasure to the gardens they created. The entire property became a landscape garden unified in a subtle, naturalistic design. Called gardenesque, this style inspired Joseph Shipley to create the gardens at Rockwood.

Though the garden has undergone changes over the years including the loss and addition of trees and shrubs, and a restoration in 2000, some of Shipley's original plantings remain along  with the essence of the gardenesque style he loved.  

The Bringhursts added a more formal flower garden to the Walled Garden  in 1913 which still boasts magnificent Dr. Van Fleet Roses each May