Events

Ghosts in the Graveyard

Saturday, Oct. 19, 2019, 6:30-8:00 PM

Join us for an evening tour of the 1638 Burial Ground and hear the stories of famous—and infamous—people buried here. Stories of graveyard hauntings were whispered in the parlors, taverns, and shops of 19th century Wilmington with hushed excitement – and some of these tales have never been refuted. Wander the paths through the burial grounds; meet some of the inhabitants who call these grounds their home; see if you can solve the mystery of the late night bell ringing! The 1638 Burial Ground is the final resting place of more than 8,000 souls, with 1,200 gravestones of all shapes and sizes surrounding the 1698/99 church.


Tours 6:30-8:00 on the half-hour. Not suitable for children under age 12.
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New Sweden History Conference

Nov. 2, 2019, 8:30 AM, Lazaretto Ballroom

To celebrate Old Swedes Church’s 320th anniversary, this year’s New Sweden History Conference is exploring its life and legacy. Speakers this year are scholars of art history, architectural history, material culture, and religious history. After the talks, attendees will come to Old Swedes for a tour, refreshments, and a chance to learn even more about this rich history.

Time Travelers at Old Swedes

Saturday, November 9, 2019, 1-3 p.m., Old Swedes Historic Site 

What do a suffragist, a doctor, and a craftsman have in common? Be a story seeker at Old Swedes by exploring the grounds, meet some time travelers, and discover untold stories.

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. Free parking is available in Old Swedes’ parking lot.

Sankta Lucia Celebration

Sunday, December 8, 2019 – 1:30 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).

For more information, visit the Delaware Swedish Colonial Society’s website.