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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 »
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