Sheriff’s House


In 1857 New Castle, Delaware constructed a prison complex comprised of the Sheriff’s House and a prison to house up to 40 inmates. In 1902, the jail was torn down and the Sheriff’s House was used by the New Castle Club and then the city police headquarters until 1997. The National Park Service now manages the Sheriff’s House as part of First State National Historical Park.

The Delaware Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs, with a grant from the National Park Service (NPS), is rehabilitating the historic Sheriff’s House at the First State National Historical Park where it will serve as the Welcome Center for several sites included in the Park. Plans for the space include areas for orientation, exhibits, education, and rest rooms. The project also includes a new heating and air conditioning system, accessibility and life safety improvements, and office space to support park operations.

The Historic Preservation Treatment Plan (HPTP), prepared by Encore for the contractor, Reilly Construction, has been approved by the National Park Service.

Sheriff’s House rehabilitation to begin in 2022
Historic New Castle Sheriff’s House getting $5.4 million rehab project