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 18th century farmhouse where the story of the New Sweden Colony and its descendants comes alive!

Find Your Park Photo Contest

Sept. 3 thru Nov. 3

First State National Historical Park (NHP) invites photographers to submit entries for an inaugural park wide photo contest. The theme for this contest is “Finding Your Park at First State NHP!”

The park is looking for digital images that highlight the spectacular views, diversity of life, recreational opportunities and historic structures at any of First State NHP's seven sites:
Old Swedes Church
Beaver Valley
Fort Christina (Please note that this site will be closed for the duration of the contest period. Photos that have been previously taken here may be submitted as part of the contest.)
New Castle Court House Museum
The Green, Dover
John Dickinson Plantation
Ryves Holt House

For full details, see First State NHP's page.

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Ghosts in the Graveyard

Saturdays, October 13 & 20, 2018

During the 19th Century, stories of 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.

Reservations required. Hour-long tours begin on the half-hour.
Adults: $10, Students: $6. Not recommended for children under 12.
Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. A ticket is required for children age 6 and older.

Tickets will be available on this site prior to the 2018 Ghost Tours.

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