Gov.-elect John Carney, U.S. Sens. Tom Carper and Chris Coons and U.S. Rep. Lisa Blunt Rochester, all D-Del., announced the U.S. Department of the Interior designation of the George Read II House in New Castle as a National Historic Landmark on Jan. 11.

This is Delaware’s 14th National Historic Landmark, and it is now one of about 2,500 landmarks nationwide. Delaware’s Congressional Delegation wrote a letter to Park Service Director Jonathan Jarvis in support of this designation in September 2016.

The George Read II House, located on the Strand in New Castle, was built between 1797 and 1804 for the son of George Read Sr., a signer of both the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution.

Acquired by the Delaware Historical Society in 1975, students, scholars and visitors from Delaware and around the world have visited and conducted research at the Read House & Gardens since the property opened to the public in 1976.

“Delaware has an abundance of history, and I’m pleased that the George Read II House earned its place as a National Historic Landmark,” said Carney. “Now we know that it’ll continue to be a source of education for Delawareans, students and visitors for years to come.”