A fresh look inside one of America's most beautiful houses
See the Read House in a different light with our brand-new interior tour experience. You'll discover complex layers of history hidden in the architecture and furnishings of this stunning National Historic Landmark—history that continues to inspire and challenge us as it has for generations.
From its beginnings in 1797 to its appearances in 20th-century books and magazines to its conversion into a museum in 1976, the Read House has long been a part of national conversations about design and historic preservation. As tours pass from one light-filled room to the next, each space offers a fresh chance to reflect on how people before us have seen themselves and their communities.
The New Tour is an invitation to bring your own wisdom, interests, and sensibilities to the Read House & Gardens. Help us understand what this old house can mean to our own community in the present, and how we can imagine its future together!
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Audio App Availability
To make your visit more comfortable, all of our tours now include the option to amplify your guide's voice using your personal mobile device.
Mobility and Accessibility
Please expect 45-50 minutes of standing and about 2.5 flights of steps over the course of your tour. If mobility is of concern for anyone in your party, please reach out to us by phone or email in advance of your visit so that we can prepare a custom experience for your group.
Please arrive at the Read House 5-10 minutes prior to the tour start time for check-in and be prepared to show either a digital or printed version of your ticket.
Tours are inside and therefore run rain or shine. In the event that severe weather prohibits the Read House from opening, we will contact the registrant in your group via email to help reschedule your visit, free of charge.