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!

Coming Up at Old Swedes

NOW thru December

Saturday, Sept. 24 - Find us at Art on the Green, the 46th Annual Arts & Crafts Show in Historic New Castle, Delaware.
Also on Saturday, Sept. 24, Museum Day Live! sponsored by Smithsonian Magazine. Old Swedes is proud to be a participating museum. Click here for tickets

Two Saturdays, Oct. 15 and 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

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Sankta Lucia Celebration

Sunday, December 11, 2016; 1:00 pm and 3:30 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.
Tickets will be available online.

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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.

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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. 15 & 22;
Sankta Lucia Celebration/Swedish Christmas in December.

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