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!

Storytelling with Alfie Moss

Saturday, Feb. 27; 1-2 pm

All are welcome to this free event. Local storyteller/musician Alfie Moss will present an hour-long program at Old Swedes Historic Site, suitable - and fun - for all ages.

Children can dress up with colorful scarves, play handheld instruments and join in storybook theatre and call-and-response techniques with Alfie. Stories include "The Little Boy Who Cried Wolf," "The Yam Story," and "Juan Bobo."


Leaving Their Mark

Sunday, Feb. 28; 3 pm

Historical Graffiti at Old Swedes Church - some of which dates back to the 1700s - revealed and explained by UD Doctoral student Michael Emmons.

Michael will present his research results and lead a walking tour of the graffiti found on the wooden church doors and even the stones of the building itself.

A reception will follow. Admission is $5 for Old Swedes members; $10 non-members.


Old Swedes Winter Schedule

January-February-March 2016

Old Swedes Historic Site will be closed for walk-in tours during the months of January and February. Group and school tours are available by appointment: call 302-652-5629. We will reopen for walk-in tours Wednesday, March 2. March hours are: 1-4 pm Wed-Fri; 10-4 pm Sat.