There aren't many places in the US that date back 212 years! A great example of early American ingenuity and design, the Read House offers a peek into life in the early 1800's. Over the house's lifespan, only three individuals have owned it, mostly keeping the integrity and opulence of the time period. Most of what had been changed or updated (plumbing, heating) has been restored to its earlier condition (i.e., no plumbing or heating.) Three renovated rooms have been saved to reflect the style and interests of the third owners in the 1920's. The contrast between Early American and partying flappers during prohibition is very interesting. Our docent was extremely knowledgeable and friendly. In addition to the house and it's owners' history, it offers a better understanding of politics, social issues and the economics of Delaware before the US was a country. Worth your time!
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