Step back in time and experience the charm and beauty of colonial New Castle. Walk the cobblestone streets and enjoy the historic sites of this riverfront community.
Historic New Castle, Delaware is located just 10 minutes south of downtown Wilmington with easy access from I-95 and I-295. Overlooking the Delaware River, Historic New Castle is the oldest continuously occupied town in the Delaware Valley. And, thanks to preservation efforts, this vibrant, fully occupied community remains one of the most important Colonial/Federal villages in America – second only to Williamsburg, Virginia in the number and authenticity of its historic structures. The New Castle Court House Museum is part of the the First State National Historical Park.
New Castle, originally named Fort Casimir, was founded in 1651 by Peter Stuyvesant, who was sent to provide the Dutch with command of all river traffic. Because of its strategic location, ownership of the settlement was constantly changing. The flags of the Netherlands, Sweden and Great Britain have all flown over New Castle.
The three counties which make up the state of Delaware were added to William Penn’s lands in America. In 1682, Penn came ashore at New Castle and took possession, but these counties, which were well established, became dissatisfied with Penn’s rule. In 1704, when he granted them a separate legislature, New Castle became the colonial capitol of Delaware. The lively town also briefly served as the first state capital, and continued as the county seat until the 1880’s. (Thanks to the City of New Castle for this brief history)
Latest events include the upcoming free Archaeological & Historical Symposium on October 13, 2018 from 8:45 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. at the New Castle Courthouse.
Homes for sale in Old New Castle are almost all 100 years old or more, with prices that can range fron $94,900 to $550,000. There are many celebrations held in town throughout the year, with Day in Old New Castle on the third Saturday in May being the most wide ranging and including tours of private homes and gardens.
For information on homes for sale in historic New Castle or other heritage areas in Delaware and Southern Chester County, Pennsylvania, contact Carolyn Roland, Your Older and Historic Homes Resource.