This three hour workshop and walking tour will view the cultural landscape of historic Old New Castle, Delaware, through the lens of the George Read II House and Garden. A historic house museum and a national Historic Landmark, the Read House's story encapsulates the story of the town of New Castle itself, from an Indigenous settlement to a contested colony of the Swedes and Dutch, to a bustling port town in Colonial times, through the City Beautiful and Colonial Revival movements, into the 21st century.   We will be examining the narratives to be found in the designed and vernacular landscape – above ground, below ground, and at-grade, and considering best practices for landscape architects, planners, city officials, and homeowners when approaching projects that may benefit from information in the archaeological record as well as disturb or alter the record.  In addition to discussing some the challenges faced by historic house museums as they transition to a 21st century audience, we will consider the responsibilities of preservation professionals and designers in protecting  cultural landscape resources. This event will culminate in a walking tour of the historic town along the Delaware River, contextualizing the Read House in the larger cultural landscape.
Cost – $30.00 for program
$30.00 for optional dinner

Space is limited

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