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The Delaware History Trail will guide you through the historical crossroads of our great nation. From the meeting place of the Leni Lenape Indians to the site where Delaware was the first to ratify the U.S. Constitution, you will experience a celebration of historic architecture, beautiful estates and one-of-a-kind museums. As you travel back in time, you will become acquainted with Delaware’s early settlers, influential patriots and pioneers who fought for the ideals of our nation, and the creative minds driving the Industrial Revolution. 

Within the boundaries of our state, your quest along the Delaware History Trail will allow you to explore centuries worth of history while driving from gorgeous country sides to award-winning beaches. We invite you to rediscover the path Delaware has taken during the most significant historic moments of our state and nation. Welcome to the Delaware History Trail.

Below is a complete listing of the 36 sites featured on the Delaware History Trail including; a brief site description, address and contact information. If you’re feeling extra adventurous, you may also visit additional historical sites in Delaware known as our “Fabulous Fiftteen” (please note that these locations do not count towards completing the Delaware History Trail). To view county maps highlighting Delaware History Trail and "Fabulous Fifteen" locations, please click here

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Abbott's Mill Nature Center

  • 15411 Abbott's Pond Rd
  • Milford, DE 19963
  • Phone: (302) 422-0847
  • Region: Sussex
Abbott’s Mill is one of the few remaining water-powered mills in the state. Milling was once a major part of the agricultural economy in Delaware. Anywhere that it was possible, a mill existed see more »

Air Mobility Command Museum

  • 1301 Heritage Rd.
  • Dover, DE 19902
  • Phone: (302) 677-5938
  • Region: Kent
The only institution in the country dedicated to airlift and air refueling history, this museum is located on the grounds of Dover Air Force Base. The facility was established in 1986 in historic see more »

Auburn Heights Preserve

  • 3000 Creek Rd.
  • Yorklyn, DE 19736
  • Phone: (302) 239-2385
  • Region: New Castle
Delaware’s newest state park offers visitors the rare opportunity to take a spin in a steam-powered car (during specified hours of operation). Possessing the world’s largest collection of Stanley see more »

Barratt's Chapel and Museum

  • 6362 Bay Rd.
  • Frederica, DE 19946
  • Phone: (302) 335-5544
  • Region: Kent
Constructed in 1780, this simple but stately brick house of worship is recognized as “The Cradle of American Methodism.” It was here that pioneers Thomas Coke and Francis Asbury met in 1784 to plan see more »

Biggs Museum of American Art

  • 406 Federal St.
  • Dover, DE 19901
  • Phone: (302) 674-2111
  • Region: Kent
Hosting an impressive collection of fine and decorative arts, the Biggs Museum has something for everyone’s taste. Located on Dover’s Legislative Mall, lovers of history and fine art should make this see more »

Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge

  • 2591 Whitehall Neck Rd
  • Smyrna, DE 19977
  • Phone: (302) 653-6872
  • Region: Kent
Property here was conveyed by Native Americans to Dutch settler Peter Bayard in 1679. It was then know as “Bompties Hoeck” – or “Little Tree Point.” In 1937 the federal see more »

Camden Friends Meeting

  • 122 E. Camden-Wyoming Ave.
  • Camden, DE 19934
  • Phone: (302) 698-3324
  • Region: Kent
This brick house of worship was constructed in 1805 by the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers). Many members played active roles in the anti-slavery movement. Some served as conductors on the see more »

Captain John Smith Monument/Phillips Landing

  • Phillips Landing Rd., Rt 496
  • Laurel, DE 19956
  • Region: Sussex
A “new” chapter in Delaware history was written in 2007 when scientific studies of charts made by Captain John Smith revealed that he had reached Delaware while exploring the Chesapeake Bay and its see more »

Cheney Clow's Rebellion

  • 659 Sudlersville Road
  • Clayton, DE 19938
  • Phone: (302) 744-5047
  • Region: Kent
During the American Revolution many Delawareans remained loyal to the British Crown. In 1778 a group of Loyalists under the leadership of local resident Cheney Clow constructed a fort near this see more »

De Vries Monument

  • 102 Road 268
  • Lewes, DE 19958
  • Region: Sussex
The De Vries Monument was dedicated on September 22, 1909, and placed in the National Register of Historic Places on February 23, 1972. It commemorates the establishment of the first permanent see more »

Delaware Agricultural Museum and Village

  • 866 N. Dupont Hwy.
  • Dover, DE 19901
  • Phone: (302) 734-1618
  • Region: Kent
Celebrating Delaware’s rich agricultural heritage, a visit here is a must for anyone with an interest in First State history. The large Exhibit Hall contains a fascinating collection of artifacts and see more »

Delaware History Museum and Old Town Hall

  • 504 N. Market St.
  • Wilmington, DE 19801
  • Phone: (302) 656-0637
  • Region: New Castle
Occupying much of the 500 block of Market Street, the Delaware Historical Society’s History Center complex is composed of three distinct pieces. Built in 1798-1800, Wilmington’s Old Town Hall was the see more »

Downtown Milford

  • 2 North Walnut St.
  • Milford, DE 19963
  • Phone: (302) 839-1180
  • Region: Sussex
Located on the banks of the Mispillion River and lying in both Kent and Sussex Counties, this picturesque community literally brims with historical ambiance. The town includes three National Register see more »

Everett Theater

  • 47 W. Main St.
  • Middletown, DE 19709
  • Phone: (302) 378-7038
  • Region: New Castle
Constructed in 1922 on the site of the community’s 1868 “Town Hall and Opera House,” this lovingly restored place of entertainment is the cultural center of Delaware’s fastest growing municipality. see more »

Fort Delaware State Park

  • Pea Patch Island
  • P.O. Box 170
  • Delaware City, DE 19706
  • Phone: (302) 834-7941
  • Region: New Castle
Located on an island in the middle of the Delaware River, this site is accessible by ferry (seasonally) from Delaware City. By 1862 the fort and surrounding grounds were being utilized as a prison for see more »

Fort Miles Historical Area - Cape Henlopen State Park

  • 15099 Cape Henlopen Dr
  • Lewes, DE 19958
  • Phone: (302) 645-0753
  • Region: Sussex
Set among the dunes near Cape Henlopen, where the Delaware Bay meets the Atlantic Ocean, this was one of our nation’s most important East Coast defensive fortifications during World War II. Guided see more »

Governor Ross Mansion and Plantation

  • 23669 Ross Station Road
  • Seaford, DE 19973
  • Phone: (302) 628-9500
  • Region: Sussex
Once the residence of Delaware Governor William Henry Harrison Ross, this spectacular house and its grounds chronicle the state’s pre-Civil War days when the slaveholding Ross family presided over one see more »

Governor's Walk

  • Milton Governor's Walk
  • Milton, DE 19968
  • Region: Sussex
Located in the heart of this riverside community, this looping trail honors the five local residents who served as state governors (four Delaware – one Wyoming). More importantly, it introduces the see more »

Hagley Museum and Library

  • 298 Buck Road East
  • Wilmington, DE 19807
  • Phone: (302) 658-2400
  • Region: New Castle
The Hagley Museum and Gadrens is an outstanding facility that tells the story of Delaware’s duPont family and the gunpowder works they established here in 1802. Hagley is located on the Brandywine see more »

Historic Odessa

  • 201 Main St.
  • Odessa, DE 19730
  • Region: New Castle
Once a busy Delaware River port town known for the shipment of grain and other agricultural products, Odessa can lay claim to some of the finest examples of 18th and 19th century architecture in the see more »

Indian River Life-Saving Station, Delaware Seashore State Park

  • 25039 Coastal Highway
  • Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971
  • Phone: (302) 227-6991
  • Region: Sussex
Constructed in 1876 by the United States Life-Saving Service, this carefully restored landmark reminds us of the many perils experienced by those who sailed Atlantic waters during the heyday of see more »

John Dickinson Plantation

  • 340 Kitts Hummock Rd.
  • Dover, DE 19901
  • Phone: (302) 739-3277
  • Region: Kent
Home of John Dickinson, one of the founding fathers of the United States, signer of the Constitution and "Penman of the Revolution." The Plantation features Dickinson's original 1740 brick home, see more »

Johnson Victrola Museum

  • 375 S. New St.
  • Dover, DE 19901
  • Phone: (302) 744-5055
  • Region: Kent
A tribute to Delaware native E. R. Johnson, this museum documents his achievements as a recording industry pioneer, inventor, and successful businessman during the first quarter of the 20th century. see more »

Lewes Historic District

  • 110 Shipcarpenter St
  • Lewes, DE 19958
  • Phone: (302) 645-7670
  • Region: Sussex
There is so much to see and do in history-steeped Lewes! Highlights include the State of Delaware’s Zwaanendael Museum, the Lewes Historical Society’s Historic Complex, Boathouse, and Cannonball House see more »

Middle Point - Mason Dixon Marker

  • 26517 Maryland 54
  • Delmar, MD 19940
  • Region: Sussex
It was at this location in 1764 that surveyors Mason and Dixon started their historic survey of the boundaries of Lord Calvert’s Maryland and the Pennsylvania and Delaware holdings of the family of see more »
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