Among New Castle’s few surviving early colonial buildings is the elegant brick, early Georgian mansion, the Amstel House. Built in the 1730s by the town’s wealthiest landowner, Dr. John Finney, the house is graced with original woodwork, fine architectural details and open hearth. Its early fanlight and central hallway were among the first uses of these features in the town.

The house’s history is linked to many of the town’s prominent colonial families. A governor lived here; Delaware Signers of the Declaration of Independence stopped in here to meet with friends; George Washington attended a wedding in the parlor. Investigate the appealing decorative arts objects of 18th century residents. View the fabled Green Umbrella from the beloved children’s book.

In the first third of the 20th century, preservation saved the house from an uncertain fate, opening it in 1929 as a historic house. Among important aspects of this Colonial Revival story at the house is the interpretation of a Georgian town garden designed by noted landscape architect, Charles Gillette, in the 1930s.

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