Experience Life in the New Sweden Colony
and the New Nation...
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)
History & Mystery at Old Swedes
Read about a very special tour of the 1638 Burial Ground in July - click here for story
Ghosts in the Graveyard
Saturday, October 17 and October 24, 2015; 6:30pm - 9:00pm
During the 19th Century, stories about 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.
Call 302-652-5629, email email@example.com
Hour-long tours begin on the half-hour.
Adults: $10, Students age 12-17: $6.
Power & Politics in New Sweden, 1638-1655
Saturday, Nov. 14 - Lazaretto Ballroom, 99 Wanamaker Ave., Essington, PA 19029.
The Fifteenth Annual New Sweden History Conference This year's conference will investigate the political powers involved in the New Sweden Colony - the mechanisms by which New Sweden's governors maintained and exercised influence in their enduring struggle for control of the Delaware Valley and its access to the riches of North America. Experts from Finland, Sweden, The Netherlands and the US; conference moderated by Magadalena Naum, Ph.D. from Oulu University, Finland. Register online at americanswedish.org/calendar.htm Discounted early bird registration by Oct. 16; registration deadline is Oct. 30. Questions? call the American Swedish Historical Museum: 215-389- 1776.