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 the 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!

Updates from the Field

Follow the Archaeological Field Methods class currently conducting research and excavations around Old Swedes Church via their blog (click here to visit blog): The class research will be presented at a May 17 lecture open to the public, at Old Swedes Church.


Colonists' Day

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Celebrate the 377th founding of the New Sweden colony with a day of festivities featuring colonial period artisan demonstrations; music, exhibitors, Swedish Food, Crafts and Games, activities for all ages at three different sites along the 7th Street Peninsula.

Free admission; onsite free parking. Refreshments will be available Noon - 3:00 pm.

3 Venues
Old Swedes Historic Site, 606 N. Church Street, Wilmington, DE 19801
Fort Christina Park, 1122 East Seventh Street, Wilmington, DE 19801
Kalmar Nyckel Shipyard, 1124 East Seventh Street, Wilmington, DE 19801, 1-5 pm


Soldiers, Belles & Statesmen

A Walking Tour of the Old Swedes Church Burial Ground

Saturday, May 2 - 10 am & 11:30 am

Hear the stories of famous - and infamous - Delawareans in this guided tour of the churchyard. Members $5; non-members $10.


Archaeology In & Around our Historic Church

Sunday, May 17, 3 pm

A lecture presenting research and recent fieldwork of University of Delaware Anthropology students. Free for members; $12 non-members.