Gov. Ross Mansion

23669 Ross Station Road, Seaford, DE 19973

Part of the Delaware History Trail

 

MANSION TEMPORARILY CLOSED

The Governor Ross Mansion is undergoing restoration work over the next several months. Reopening in Spring 2024!

Sept. 2023: Architect Barton Ross (blue shirt), interior designer Mark Showell (black jacket), and landscape designer Joya Parsons (facing group) discuss current and future renovations to the Governor Ross Mansion with members of the Seaford Historical Society Board.

 

Entry Hall

Purchased by the Seaford Historical Society in 1976, this rare and complete Victorian Italianate mansion, ca. 1860, has been lovingly restored and fully furnished. Step into the Governor Ross Mansion, and step back into time. See the only documented log slave quarter in Delaware.

Enjoy 20 acres that include a granary, stable, smokehouse, and corn cribs. Explore a “Honeymoon Cottage” likely built from a pattern book and located on the property.

Governor’s Office

The large Victorian edition to the home was started in 1855 and completed in 1860 by William Henry Harrison Ross for himself and his family. Ross served as the Democratic Governor of Delaware from 1851 to 1855. Extremely popular with the people, he was instrumental in bringing the railroad into Southern Delaware.

Trains running daily to Philadelphia vitalized the economy as farmers switched crops from wheat and corn to higher priced tomatoes, strawberries, peaches and other perishables. Ross became a local hero, but he was also a slave owner and Southern sympathizer. When war broke out between the states, Delaware sided with the North. Ross supported the Confederacy, and was forced to England. Today, the Gov. Ross Mansion stands as a reminder of pre-Civil War life.

 

Visiting the Gov. Ross Mansion

Guided tours only. Tour time 1 – 2 hours. 

Tickets: $7 per adult, children 12 and under and Members free. Combo tickets for Mansion and Seaford Museum $12

To schedule a tour outside of regular hours, call 302-628-9828 or email admin@seafordhistoricalsociety.com at least 48 hours in advance of desired appointment time.

Group Tours: use the phone or email address above, or click HERE to book online.

Free parking for cars and RV’s available on site.
The Mansion is partially handicapped accessible.

Interested in Renting Ross Mansion? Click HERE!

Gov. Ross Mansion

ROSS MANSION TEMPORARILY CLOSED

Due to ongoing restoration work, Ross Mansion will be closed periodically over the next several months. Please check the website for updates. We apologize for any inconvenience.

For more information call 302-628-9500 or email admin@seafordhistoricalsociety.com

Seaford Museum

Regular Museum Hours:

     Every Friday: 1:00 – 4:00

     1st & 2nd Saturday & Sunday of each month: 1:00 – 4:00

EASTERN SHORE LEAGUE: 1922-1949

    Exhibit Hours:

     March 2 – May 31

     Thursdays, Fridays, & Saturdays: 1:00 – 4:00

     Closed Sundays and Easter Weekend

Check our CALENDAR for SPECIAL EVENTS

     Private tours available by appointment.

          Call 302-628-9828

          Email admin@seafordhistoricalsociety.com

          Follow this link for GROUP TOUR information.

Historical Society Office Hours

     Tuesday – Friday 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

     Call 302-628-9828

     Email admin@seafordhistoricalsociety.com