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Docents Costumes 2017
During house openings, Docents interpret life on the 18th-century coastal plantation through artifacts on display in the kitchen, spinning room, children’s room, and original milk house. Visitors will experience an eight minute introductory film about the Rackliffe family, the history of the house, and those who lived on the land – as well as an illustrated timeline.

Children will enjoy several age-appropriate activities inside the house and outdoor 18th century games on the lawn. All children's activities have been created and are coordinated by the Rackliffe House Docents.

NEW Exhibition for 2019: The Enslaved at Rackliffe House and Worcester County, Maryland: A Local Story. The full story of Rackliffe House cannot be told without a historically accurate portrayal of all the people who lived here. Public and private records, as well as archaeological evidence, show the vital role that African Americans played. They were the economic engine that helped to create and sustain the wealth of 18th-century estates like this one. This exhibition covers the time from the colonial period until about 1870. It also tells a local story, focusing on Rackliffe and neighboring estates in Worcester County.

In addition, the exhibition "Early Interactions of Native Americans and Europeans on the Lower Eastern Shore,” which examines – through images and first-hand accounts -- how Native Americans lived and worked at the time of first contact with Europeans in our region. It also looks specifically at the Rackliffes and the Assateague tribe. This exhibition is drawn from one developed by Salisbury University's Nabb Center for Delmarva History and Culture.


Rackliffe House is open for guided tours of the house and grounds on International Museum Day on May 18th, 2019.

Rackliffe House is open Tuesday and Thursday afternoons from 1:00 p.m.- 4:00 p.m. May 21st through October 31st for guided tours of the house and grounds. Tours also available Sundays from 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. June 2nd September 29th. The last tour begins at 3:15 p.m.

NOTE: In the event of inclement weather at Assateague Island, Rackliffe House may be closed or choose to close early. Closings will be posted on Facebook.


Admission Fees including a guided tour and exhibitions:

Adults: $5.00
Children 4 - 12: $2.00
Children 3 and under: FREE.
Military with ID: $3.00

Entrance fees are critical in continuing the preservation of this historic property.

Birding and Wildlife on the Rackliffe House Nature Trails

Osprey and Yellow-rumped Warbler photographs courtesy of Nico Sarbanes.It's a good idea to bring a pair of binoculars when you visit Rackliffe House. Visitors will discover a beautiful nature trail teeming with wildlife that connects Rackliffe House to the Assateague Island Visitor Center and a coastal forest located on Assateague State Park's mainland campus.

One half-mile of the nature trail will lead you through a successional forest of young Loblolly Pines and Bayberry along Sinepuxent Bay. During a spring and early summer hike, you'll hear the sounds of gulls, terns and Ospreys over the bay, and Indigo Buntings singing from the branches. In the fall and winter, waterfowl take over the bay, and Yellow-rumped Warblers can be seen flitting back and forth between the open path and the shelter of the trees.

Throughout the year, Rackliffe's open lawn is frequented by White-tailed Deer, Eastern Cottontails and Wild Turkeys. If you're hiking to Rackliffe House from the trail, approach the lawn quietly to catch a glimpse of the deer, turkey and rabbits before they seek cover in the trees.

The trail from Rackliffe House through the State Park runs along a mature hardwood forest that is home to woodpeckers and owls year-round, and migrant songbirds in the spring and summer.

If you want to review a list of the bird species tallied along the Rackliffe House nature trails, check out the eBird.org HotSpot.

Private Group Tours

Private tours may be scheduled in advance for $100 (up to 20 people). For each person after 20, please add $5. To schedule a private tour, please call 865-300-5609 or email: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)


mapOn house opening days, visitors may drive 1/2-mile down Tom Patton Lane and park in the designated area near Rackliffe House.

On non-opening days, visitors are invited to park at the Assateague Island Visitor Center and hike or bike to the site along the nature trail or along Tom Patton Lane. The grounds are open every day from dawn to dusk, and all activities outside of Rackliffe House are free.

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Funding provided by the Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore