Summer brings bikini-clad throngs to the seaside towns like Rehoboth and Dewey Beach on the Deleware shore, busy watering holes, boardwalk attractions and bronzen bodies the bar by which the day's activities are set.
A sprawling, English-style country estate and private residence it a former life, Rockwood mansion and gardens is now open to the public interested in a glimpse of the estate's genteel past. Enjoy a guided tour of the mansion turned museum for an insider's look at the lives of Joseph Shipley, merchant banker, who had the place built in the mid-19th century, and his descendents, who inhabited the mansion during the Gilded Age. Period furnishings, historic artifacts and old photographs help set the scene, and visitors can enjoy a leisurely stroll around the grounds once they've finished or sign up for a Ghost Tour after hours.
Hours + Fees
Gardens & Park: 6am-10pm, daily Museum Tours: 10am-3pm, on the hour, Weds-Sun
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