Festival at the Fort

Sunday, April 26, 2020, Various Sites

 Come celebrate the arrival of spring and colonial life in the Delaware Valley with Festival at the Fort. This annual event takes place at Fort Christina Park, the Kalmar Nyckel Shipyard and Copeland Maritime Center, and Old Swedes Historic Site. With tours of the Old Swedes and other points of interest, children’s games, food trucks, live music, and historical reenactments, there is something for everyone!

Vendors and food trucks will be present at all sites included in the festival, and a shuttle bus will provide transportation between locations.

Third Thursdays

June 18, July 16, Aug. 20, 2020, Old Swedes Historic Site

Stop by Old Swedes on the third Thursday of the month this summer break and complete an arts and crafts activity and learn something new!

Ghosts in the Graveyard

Saturday, Oct. 10, 2020 & Saturday, Oct. 17, 2020, Old Swedes Historic Site

Join us at Old Swedes Historic Site for an evening tour of the 1638 Burial Ground and hear the stories of famous—and infamous—people buried here. During the 19th century, stories about graveyard haunting were whispered in the parlors, taverns, and shops of Wilmington with hushed excitement. Some of these tales have never been refuted. Wander the paths through the burial grounds and see if you can solve the mystery of the late-night bell ringing in the churchyard. Meet some of the inhabitants who call these grounds their home. The 1638 Burial Ground is the final resting place of more than 8,000 souls and contains 1,200 gravestones of all shapes and sizes. The church is one of the oldest in the United States still in use as a house of worship.

Time Travelers at Old Swedes

Saturday, Nov. 7, 2020, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., Old Swedes Historic Site

Time Travelers is an annual, family friendly event every fall that allows guests to travel back in time at Old Swedes. This event is free of charge. It includes a scavenger hunt and arts and crafts activities. This event even also includes a history-themed costume contest—use your imagination and come dressed as your historic figure!

Sankta Lucia Celebration

Sunday, Dec. 13, 2020, 1 p.m. and 3 p.m., Old Swedes Historic Site

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 and Old Swedes Historic Site co-sponsor the annual December celebration of Sankta Lucia in the historic Old Swedes Church (1698-99).

Christmas at the Hendrickson House

Dec. 2 – Dec. 31, 2020, Wednesday through Saturday, Hendrickson House

Come to Old Swedes to see the Hendrickson decked out for the holidays and get all of your favorite Swedish Christmas goods in our gift shop!