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Rockwood Museum 1845-1989

Former owner:
Shipley, Joseph
Landscape architect:
Williams, George
Salisbury, Robert
Physical description:
1 folder+ 15 photonegatives, 9 photoprints, 10 35 mm. slides
Mixed archival materials
United States of America, Delaware, New Castle County, Wilmington
Rockwood Museum (Wilmington, Delaware)
A 19th-century country estate, Rockwood is an outstanding example of Rural Gothic architecture and "Gardenesque" landscape design. Of its original 200 acres, 70 were acquired in 1972 by New Castle County. The estate was built by Joseph Shipley, a Delaware native who spent most of his life in England as a merchant banker. When he retired to his homeland he chose George Williams, the architect of his English estate, Wyncote, to design his new country home and its grounds. Williams incorporated features such as an orchard, kitchen garden, pleasure garden, pinetum, and conservatory into his design. Specimen trees from the original plantings as well as ancient rhododendrons remain today. Despite changes over the years, Rockwood retains much of its original atmosphere and flavor.
Persons associated with the property and garden include: Joseph Shipley (former owner, 1850-1867); George Williams (architect, landscape architect, ca. 1850); and Robert Salisbury (gardener, ca. 1850).
The folder includes worksheets, brochures, photocopies of articles about Rockwood, garden plans, and photocopies of correspondence.
Garden has been featured in Mildred E. Kaliski, "Portfolio: Rural Rockwood," Nineteenth Century, V, No. 1 (Spring 1979), pp. 52-59
Garden has been featured in Lawrence E. Lee, "The Gardens of Rockwood: A Remarkable Victorian Gardenesque Landscape," The 1984 Longwood Program Seminars (Newark: University of Delaware, 1984)
Garden has been featured in Deborah Papier, "Christmas in Never-Never Land," Mid-Atlantic Country, XV, No. 12 (December 1994), pp. 22-27+
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Archives of American Gardens

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