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“Must take the tour”

New Castle Court House
Ranked #3 of 23 things to do in New Castle
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Owner description: Delaware approved the Declaration of Independence in this building, which was constructed in 1732.
Bangkok, Thailand
Level 6 Contributor
246 reviews
148 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 109 helpful votes
“Must take the tour”
Reviewed 25 August 2013 via mobile

Situated in a small historic downtown New Castle. Nice enough old building but not that interesting without the backstory. So, take the free tour given continuously everyday except Monday. It will give you the proper context and appreciation of its historical significance. And it's quite significant.

Visited August 2013
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New York, New York, United States
Level 6 Contributor
335 reviews
142 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 194 helpful votes
“18th Century Court House ... Wonderful Walk through History!”
Reviewed 5 August 2013

The New Castle Court House was built in 1732 over an existing 1660's court house structure used by the Dutch. When visiting, please pay attention to the cut out see through lucent floor square in the main floor court room. You can see down to the original structure of the 1660 building. The Court House is meticulously maintained and the Docent we had for our tour was very knowledgeable. It seems like th Old New Castle Court House did not see much usage as Dover replaced New Castle as the Delaware State capital and Wilmington gained prominence after 1880 over New Castle. Nevertheless, the Old New Castle Court House is a great Historic building and treasure trove of information. Be sure to see the second floor rooms and specifically the information on the Abolitionist movement in DE. The entire Historic New Castle
area is all within walking district from the Battery Park to the George Read / New Castle Court Houses and on to the Amstel and Dutch Houses. Great Way to spend a Sunday just be sure to check out the timings for each of these attractions. Sunday especially is a very short tour day (11 am to 4:30 pm) for New Castle Historic sites in the Common ...

Old New castle Court House is definitely a must see when in New Castle....

Visited August 2013
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New Castle, Delaware, United States
Level 3 Contributor
17 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 July 2013

History buffs would love this place. Numerous historical issues took place here and the signs tell you who was where.

Visited July 2013
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Baltimore, Maryland
Level 4 Contributor
38 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Who knew”
Reviewed 30 June 2013

New Castle, DE??? Not the first place that comes to mind for a weekend outing, but once you go you'll be glad you did. We visited the old town district and simply enjoyed walking through town and along the river. If you have children, there is a large park with playgrounds along the river and it's pet friendly. How about that a place you can take your children and your dog. Small town historic districts clearly connect America with Europe. If you're in the area, take the time to visit and just relax.

Visited June 2013
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Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania
Level 6 Contributor
288 reviews
163 attraction reviews
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“Great free informative tour”
Reviewed 31 May 2013

This is a beautiful building central to the Historic district. Very friendly and nice guides who give a great informative tour. Call for the hours when this building is open. Even tho the sign says closed on Sundays, it was open from 1:30 to 4:30 the day we were there. The main room has a replica of what the court would have looked like back in the day. Find out about the use of the wooden spear and how the word 'dock' was used. Then you go upstairs to learn of the history of the area, and lastly downstairs to learn of the underground railroad aspect. You will need an hour for this tour. There are public restrooms available when this building is open. They are outside to the right and downstairs under an arch. The bathrooms are dated but work in a pinch. Enjoy!

Visited May 2013
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