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 18th century farmhouse where the story of the New Sweden Colony and its descendants comes alive!

Museum Day Live!

Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017

Old Swedes Historic Site will open its doors free of charge on Saturday, Sept. 23 to everyone with a Museum Day Live! ticket - available for free download from the Smithsonian Magazine's website.
The 13th annual Museum Day Live! represents a nationwide commitment to boundless curiosity and the pursuit of knowledge wherever you are. Last year, more than 200,000 people participated in the event!
The Museum Day Live! ticket is available for download at Smithsonian.com/museumday. Visitors who present the ticket at Old Swedes on Sept. 23 will gain free entrance for two people.
We hope to see you on Saturday, Sept. 23!

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Ghosts in the Graveyard

Saturday, October 14, 2017

During the 19th Century, stories of graveyard hauntings were whispered in the parlors, taverns and shops of Wilmington with hushed excitement. Some of these tales have never been successfully refuted. Join us for Ghosts in the Graveyard and see if you can solve the mystery of the late night bell ringing at Old Swedes Church.

Reservations required. Hour-long tours begin on the half-hour.
Adults: $10, Students: $6. Not recommended for children under 12.
Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. A ticket is required for children age 6 and older.
Call 302-652-5629, or purchase securely through Paypal:

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