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No events currently scheduled in January.



Join us for our Wintery Wednesdays Lecture Series:

Wednesday, February 28, 7:00 pm
Italian Immigration to America
The Arsenal, 30 Market Street, New Castle

Speaker: General Frank Ianni

General Ianni will discuss the Italian migration to the United States, with a focus on those who ended up calling New Castle their home. He will also touch on his childhood growing up in the Italian community.
Free to current NCHS members; $2 for general public.


Join us for our Wintery Wednesdays Lecture Series:

Wednesday, March 7, 7:00 pm - Cancelled due to the storm. We will try to reschedule and update this page and our Facebook page.
Italian Heroes
The Arsenal, 30 Market Street, New Castle

Speaker: Richard Di Liberto, Jr., Esq.

Mr. DiLiberto will be discussing two Italian Heroes: Giovanni da Verrazzano, the first European to explore the Atlantic Coast, in 1524; and Caesar Rodney, who cast Delaware’s tie-breaking vote for independence in 1776. He will recite how these brave Italian men overcame environmental, political and medical hardships to achieve historical greatness, and exhibit the courage of their convictions in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds.
Free to current NCHS members; $2 for general public.

Wednesday, March 14, 7:00 pm
Italian History
The Arsenal, 30 Market Street, New Castle

Speaker: Ciro Poppiti, Esq

Mr. Ciro Poppiti, Register of Wills for New Castle County, will speak about the Ancient Senate of Rome, the Establishment of the Kingdom of Italy, and Italy as an Independent Nation.
Free to current NCHS members; $2 for general public.

Thursday, March 22 at 7:00 pm
NCHS Annual Meeting
The Arsenal, 30 Market Street, New Castle

The New Castle Historical Society will hold our Annual Meeting at 7:00pm at The Arsenal, 30 Market Street, New Castle, DE. Free to the public.



Wednesday, April 4, 10:00 a.m.
House Museums Open.
The Amstel House & Dutch House museums open to public for tours. Tickets for tours may be purchased at the New Castle Visitor Center at The Arsenal, 30 Market Street, Historic New Castle. 

Friday, April 13, 2018, 7 p.m
History Rocks The New Castle Historical Society presents History Rocks, a low-cost party at The Arsenal. Learn more about what the Society has to offer, take a peek at the New Castle Visitor Center, and have a good time with good friends and neighbors, new and old. $5/person is you bring an appetizer or dessert to share, $10/person if you do not. There will be music, dancing, and an inexpensive cash bar. Bring a friend!


Thursday, April 19 at 6:00 pm
Colonial School District 4th Annual Social Studies Bowl
George Read Middle School
314 E. Basin Road, New Castle, DE 19720.  
New Castle Historical Society, in partnership with Colonial School District, is delighted to sponsor the 5th Annual Social Studies Bowl. Colonial School District students will participate in a fun, Jeopardy-style competition to test their knowledge of Delaware and local history. This program is free and open to the public.


Friday, May 4, 2018, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and
Saturday, May 5, 2018, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
May Market The Arasapha Garden Club's Annual May Market is the perfect place to find plants, herbs, and flowers for your garden. Behind the Old Town Hall between East 2nd and Market Streets. Proceeds support the Arasapha Garden Club's work in the historic gardens of the Amstel House and Dutch House. For more information visit www.arasapha.org 

Saturday, May 19, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
A Day in Old New Castle.
America's oldest house and garden tour returns this year. The Amstel House and Dutch House will be open for tours free to ticket holders from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The NCHS Gardens at Amstel House, Dutch House and The Old Library will also be open to view as part of this event. This event is presented by The Community of the City of New Castle. For event and ticket information, please visit historicnewcastle.com/historicnewcastle.com/DIONC.html Tickets will also be available at the New Castle Visitor Center at The Arsenal.


Thursday, June 7, 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Annual Garden Party.  Welcome the beginning of summer at our annual bash in the Dutch House gardens! Heavy hors d'oeuvres and libations are included with admission to the party. Tickets are $30 for current NCHS members and $35 for non-members. Admission is free for our 1651 Benefactor Club members. Reservations are highly suggested.

Tickets will be available here and on our Facebook page closer to the event.

For questions, please email info@newcastlehistory.org or call the Society office at 302-322-2794.

Rain Location will be at The Arsenal.

Friday, June 8, 2018 and
Saturday, June 9, 2018, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Separation Day Celebrate Delaware separation from the British crown and Pennsylvania! Be sure to catch NCHS volunteers in the Separation Day parade Saturday morning. For more information about the whole event, visit the Separation Day website 


No events currently scheduled in July.




Saturday, August 18 from 7:00pm to 10:00pm
Fundraiser at The Arsenal - Bootlegger's Bash
The Arsenal, 30 Market Street, New Castle
Join us on August 18th from 7 pm to 10:00 pm, for our annual Fundraiser, Bootlegger's Bash, to support the Society. Have a roaring good time at our juice joint! Guests will enjoy Prohibition-era cocktails prepared by mixologists from C.R. Hummingbird to Mars, best costume contest, the Blackbird Society Orchestra jazz band, great food, and much more! Scofflaw? Teetotaler? All are welcome! Costumes are not required.



Saturday, September 22

47th Annual Art on the Green in Battery Park. Art on the Green is an annual Art & Craft Show in Historic New Castle Delaware, in Battery Park, along the banks of the Delaware River. Over 200 artists, crafters and food vendors. The New Castle Historical Society will have a booth at the event and will be offering walking tours of the Green. For more information about the whole event, call 302-328-LION (5466) or visit www.artonthegreende.net.
Admission, parking and shuttle available free to the public.


10/3, 10/4, 10/12, 10/13, 10/19, 10/20, 10/26, and 10/27. 7:00, 7:30, and 8:30 pm each night.

Hauntings in History Walking Tours

If you are brave enough to explore the darker side of New Castle's history, then join the New Castle Historical Society this October for the only ghost tour that brings you inside one of the most haunted mansions of New Castle!  Your journey into New Castle's supernatural side with includes a tour of the legendary Amstel House - one of New Castle's most haunted houses - where you may meet the "Woman in Blue."  You will also be guided through New Castle's darkened streets and alleyways where you will hear macabre tales of hauntings, Victorian death & funeral customs, and crime & punishment that span the over 360-year history of this Delaware River town.  

Space is limited and these tours will sell out!

Receive a discount on your tickets if you're an NCHS member, plus get first choice of the available dates and times during the member-only pre-sale that starts mid-August - Click here for membership info!

Member pre-sale starts August 15 and general public ticket sales open September 1!

All of the tours sold out well in advance last year, so if you want to guarantee your spot, become a member and take advantage of the pre-sale.

Ideal for corporate outings, team building events, girls night out, fraternity and sorority groups and many other group functions. Private group tours for groups of 25 or more are also available at alternate times than listed. Please contact the New Castle Historical Society at 302-322-2794 for more information.

No events currently scheduled in November.


Saturday, December 8, 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. - Rain or Shine -
The Spirit of Christmas
This town-wide celebration, sponsored by the New Castle Presbyterian Church, presents private homes and churches decorated for the season, and musical events throughout the day. Programs for the day are available at the NC Presbyterian Church, 25 E. 2nd Street. For more information, call the church at 302-328-3279 or visit their website at http://www.newcastlepreschurch.org/spirit.
Admission will be free {during The Spirit of Christmas} at the Amstel House, which will be decorated for a traditional colonial holiday celebration, and the Dutch House, which will feature a celebration of St. Nicholas' Eve. The Amstel House and Dutch Houses will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 


A Dickens Experience in Old New Castle, Delaware from New Castle Historical Society.

Friday, December 7: Victorian Ball & Saturday, December 8: Victorian Tea: Characters in costume throughout town.

December 7, 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. at The Arsenal
Victorian Ball.

The Arsenal transforms into the Fezziwig house from A Christmas Carol for one night. This Victorian Ball will have period music, a Dance Master calling the dances and giving instructions, and refreshments. Period clothing is encouraged, but not required. Tickets will be available here and on our Facebook page closer to the event.
A free dance rehearsal will be held prior to the ball. More information will be posted here. Be sure to come over and try the dances out in casual dress.

December 8 at The Arsenal
Victorian Tea.

Tickets will be available here and on our Facebook page closer to the event.

December 1 Through December 30
Holidays at the Amstel and Dutch Houses. The Amstel House will be decorated for a traditional holiday celebration in colonial times, showing off a “dessert board” of the period, and featuring traditional 18th century customs during the period of Governor Nicholas Van Dyke's residency. At the Dutch House, experience a celebration of St. Nichols’ Eve, a tribute to the legend of Saint Nicholas, Dutch patron saint. Included with regular admission to the museums.