Old Swedes FoundationOld Swedes Church • Wilimington, DE

Experience Life in the New Sweden Colony
and the New Nation...

Hendrickson House and Burial Grounds

Hendrickson House and Burial Grounds

Welcome to Old Swedes Historic Site! Located near the landing site of the first Swedish settlers in the Delaware Valley, Old Swedes Foundation offers tours of Old Swedes Church, the Burial Grounds, and the historic Hendrickson House museum. Come visit us and see what life was like in the New Sweden Colony under the Swedish, Dutch, English, and American flags. Learn more about life in the Delaware colony in the years leading up to the American Revolution, and how it came to be known as The First State.

We invite you to meander the labyrinth, and churchyard paths, where visitors can discover gravestones that relate four hundred years of American history. Visit us today and take a tour of the 1698-1699 church and the 1690s farmhouse where the story of the New Sweden Colony and its descendants comes alive!

Aldersgate Brass

Sunday, Dec. 6, 3 pm

Old Swedes Church will resound with the "joyful noise" of the Aldersgate Brass ensemble on Sunday, Dec. 6 in a concert featuring classics and seasonal works. The public is welcome to attend; donation requested. The Hendrickson House museum shop will be open. Decorated for a Swedish Christmas, the shop features Swedish Christmas items, the 2015 Old Swedes ornament, 2016 Old Swedes full-color calendar and more gift ideas.


Sankta Lucia Celebration

Sunday, December 13, 2015; 1:00 pm and 3:30 pm

Join us for a traditional celebration of the Feast Day of Sankta Lucia, a holiday that is still marked by light and music in Sweden today. The Delaware Swedish Colonial Society sponsors the annual December celebration of Sankta Lucia at Old Swedes Church. The doors of the church will open 30 minutes prior to each performance.
Tickets are available online:
For the 1 pm performance
For the 3:30 pm performance
Contact Ingrid McAllister - 302-378-2661 (home) or 302-373-0736 (cell) or email: immcallist@aol.com


A Swedish Christmas

Dec. 2-31, 2015

The Hendrickson House Museum, decorated for a Swedish Christmas, will be open for tours and holiday shopping, Wednesdays through Saturdays., Dec. 2-31. The Gift Shop always has plenty of Swedish Christmas ornaments, books and gift items. NEW this year: the 2015 Old Swedes Church ornament; 2016 full-color Calendar; 5x7 color photos of Old Swedes Church and Hendrickson House, matted. The museum and gift shop will also be open Sunday, Dec. 6 and Sunday Dec. 13 from Noon - 5:00 pm for those attending the Aldersgate Brass Concert and the Sankta Lucia celebration.