Cobblestone streets, brick sidewalks, a town Green, authentic historic structures. Those who appreciate history will feel right at home in the picturesque City of Old New Castle, named one of the most beautiful small towns in the United States. Situated along the Delaware River, this preserved national landmark historic area features plenty of open spaces — including its signature Battery Park —nature trails and recreational facilities for all interests. Residents and visitors alike love poking through historic New Castle’s quaint shops, period living museums and gardens, one of the country’s oldest churches and capping off the day at lively taverns all within easy walking distance in the historic downtown district. They also appreciate the convenience of nearby shopping centers and amenities, suburban neighborhoods and Delaware’s famous tax-free shopping.
Historic New Castle is a small town — about 3 ½ square miles and just 5,000 residents — that offers big benefits when it comes to a charming, quiet lifestyle with easy access to a wide range of employment opportunities, including careers in manufacturing, health care, fintech, the military and higher education. A low cost of living with high wages, low property taxes and no state sales tax make Delaware one of the most affordable places to live in the East Coast. Families especially appreciate New Castle’s highly rated public and charter schools and close proximity to the University of Delaware, Wilmington University, Goldey-Beacom College and satellite campus for Dover-based Delaware State University
Old New Castle features three nearby thriving business parks and is just a short drive from the City of Wilmington, making it a great place to do business. The town is less than a 15 minute drive from the Wilmington Train Station with Amtrak Acela service from Washington, D.C. to Boston; a 30-minute drive from the Philadelphia International Airport and just an hour and a half from BWI. Businesses appreciate the convenience of Old New Castle’s own airport serving major corporations and individual aircraft owners just outside of the city limits.
Just a few miles from Historic New Castle, you can enjoy dinner and vibrant nightlife in Delaware’s largest city, Wilmington. In less than two hours the other direction, sink your toes in the sand at one of the Delaware’s pristine beaches. You’ll also find sand right here in Old New Castle along the banks of the Delaware River overlooking the Delaware Memorial Bridge that connects neighboring New Jersey.
From summer concerts in the park to sails on Delaware’s Tall Ship The Kalmar Nyckel; May Markets and Separation Day festivities, Historic New Castle brings history and small-town charm alive for everyone. Walking tours are a great way to discover Old New Castle’s history and beauty. Check with the New Castle Historical Society for events like A Day in Old New Castle house and garden tour when plundering pirates and colonial craftsmen reenact life as it was when the town was established back in 1651. Your ticket also grants you access to tours of rarely open spectacular homes and gardens.