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!

Ghosts in the Graveyard

Saturday, October 22, 2016

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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Coming Up at Old Swedes

NOW thru December

Saturday, Oct. 22 - 'Ghosts in the Graveyard'
Sunday, Dec. 11 - Sankta Lucia Celebration
beginning Thursday, Dec. 1 thru Saturday, Dec. 31 - A Swedish Christmas in Hendrickson House. (Old Swedes will be closed Saturday, Dec. 24)
Sunday, April 30, 2017 - SpringFest


Sankta Lucia Celebration

Sunday, December 11, 2016; 1:00 pm and 3:00 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.
Click here for tickets to the 1 pm performance.
Click here for tickets to the 3 pm performance.


Archaeology In & Around our Historic Church

Video, blog and more!

Learn about the results of work done in 2015 by University of Delaware Anthropology students:

Video documentary by graduate student Emily Rebmann.

The students' Anthropology Field Notes, a weekly record of their activity at Old Swedes

An article describing the work of Michael Emmons, doctoral student whose dissertation in Preservation Studies will focus on historical graffiti.


Old Swedes Opening Schedule

Now through December

Old Swedes Historic Site is now open 10:00 am - 4:00 pm Wed - Sat. Last tour begins at 3:30 pm.
Group and school tours are always available by appointment: call 302-652-5629.

Upcoming events include:
'Ghosts in the Graveyard' Oct. 22;
Sankta Lucia Celebration/Swedish Christmas in December.

Early Closing Dates 2016
Wednesday, November 23 at 2:30 pm
Friday, December 23 at 2:30 pm
Saturday, December 31 at 2:30 pm