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.


Archaeology In & Around our Historic Church

Sunday, May 17, 3 pm

A dozen UD Anthropology students are getting invaluable hands-on, real-world experience at a multi-site dig at the centuries-old Old Swedes Church. Students in the Archaeological Field Methods course are conducting excavations in four sites they mapped out adjacent to the building, under the brick pathway which encircles the church.

So far, they’ve uncovered artifacts and clues to the church’s rich history; they will discuss their finds and methodologies at a presentation open to the public at Old Swedes at 3 pm Sunday, May 17. The public is welcome to attend this free event.