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). Students presented their research on May 17 at Old Swedes Church; for WDEL's news coverage of their talk, (click here).


Celebrating Sibelius - Finnish Choir Performs at Old Swedes

Tuesday, June 23, 7 pm

On its first-ever tour of North America, the Tapiola Chamber Choir (Tapiolan Kamarikuoro) will be performing at Old Swedes Church at 7 pm on Tuesday, June 23. The tour program will feature Finnish choral music old and new, with particular reference to the 150th anniversary of the birth of Jean Sibelius, Finlandís best-known composer. The public is cordially invited to attend.

Tapiola Chamber Choir, founded in 1984, has established itself as a major Finnish music representative of its generation. The choir's adventurous programming, diverse repertoire and ambitious recording schedule have received critical acclaim and awards in Finland and abroad.

The Choirís present artistic director since 1998 is Hannu Norjanen (b. 1964), who previously worked with the choir as a guest conductor in the recordings of the complete choral works of Jean Sibelius and Toivo Kuula.

A reception will follow the concert, which will be held in the historic 17th century church. Tickets are $10 for Old Swedes Historic Site and American Swedish History Museum members; $15 for non-members.
Click here to purchase tickets online

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