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A Little History

Historic New Castle, or “Old New Castle,” as it is sometimes called, is a charming historic town whose roots date back to the 1600’s. Briefly the capital of Delaware, New Castle was actually the original Penn’s Landing, although the town had also been claimed at one point in history by the Netherlands, Great Britain and Sweden. That diversity of heritage has left its beautiful mark on the town as you can see while strolling along The Green, and down to the Delaware River.


Unlike other historic towns, New Castle is an active residential area where people live and work, with many homes having passed down through the generations.  You can see evidence of all these events around the town and in our wonderful museums. But New Castle is not a sterile historic theme park. It is a vibrant community with many restaurants, galleries and shops along Delaware Street, welcoming residents and visitors alike.


Come and take in our history, attend our many fun-filled events, have a great meal, acquire a work of art or a souvenir— or just walk through the streets of the historic district with its colonial and federalist era homes and buildings, cobbled lanes and brick sidewalks—or navigate the two and a half mile trail along the Delaware River. Picnic in the park, fly a kite and watch huge cargo ships and tankers on their way to ports north and south. Bike the trails and back roads to neighboring towns and villages, or bring your binoculars and identify the many birds drawn by the river and its marshes. It’s up to you. We’re happy you are here!

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