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 descendents comes alive!

Sankta Lucia Celebration

Sunday, December 8, 2013; 1:00 pm and 3:30 pm

The festival of light and music at Old Swedes Church is a warm holiday tradition. Wearing a crown of candles, accompanied by her attendants, tomtes (elves) and star boys, Lucia ushers in the Christmas season. Every December, Swedes around the globe celebrate Lucia-a mythical figure with an abiding role as a bearer of light in the dark Swedish winters. For over 30 years, the Delaware Swedish Colonial Society has co-hosted Lucia at Old Swedes Church. The Hendrickson House Museum, decorated for a Swedish Christmas will be open for tours and shopping from Noon - 5:00 pm. The doors of the church will open 30 minutes prior to each performance. The event is free but tickets are required.

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A limited number of tickets will be available at the door.


A Swedish Christmas

December 4-28, 2013; 10:00am - 4:00pm

Visit the Hendrickson House Wednesday through Saturday to experience Christmas Swedish style with traditional decorations and tours that focus on how the settlers of New Sweden would have celebrated the holidays.