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Discover the Trail

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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Nanticoke Indian Museum

  • 26673 John J Williams Hwy
  • Millsboro, DE 19966
  • Phone: (302) 945-7022
  • Region: Southern
This small but fascinating museum is located in a former school building that is owned and operated by the Nanticoke Indian Association. Its collection of jewelry, pottery, spears, arrow points, and see more »

New Castle Historic District

  • 211 Delaware St.
  • New Castle, DE 19720
  • Phone: (302) 323-1812
  • Region: Northern
Founded by Dutch settlers in the 1650s, the historical significance of this riverside community was recognized in 1967 when its historic district was designated as a National Landmark. While the list see more »

Old Christ Church

  • Chipmans Pond Road and Christ Church Rd.
  • Laurel, DE 19956
  • Region: Southern
Constructed in 1772, this historic place of worship is one of the few remaining unaltered wooden structures of its age and type in the United States. Located beside Chipman’s Pond approximately two see more »

Old Swedes (Holy Trinity) Church

  • 606 Church St
  • Wilmington, DE 19801
  • Phone: (302) 652-5629
  • Region: Northern
Erected in 1698-99, this National Landmark provides the perfect starting point for learning about the Swedish colonists who established Delaware’s first permanent European settlement in 1638. A short see more »

Pencader Heritage Museum/Cooch-Dayett Mills

  • 2029 Sunset Lake Rd.
  • Newark, DE 19702
  • Phone: (302) 737-5859
  • Region: Northern
Sharing space with the Delaware Nature Society’s Cooch-Dayett Mills interpretive center, this site celebrates the history of this northwestern corner of New Castle County where rural lifestyles mixed see more »

Quaker Hill Historic District

  • 531 North West Street
  • Wilmington, DE 19801
  • Phone: (302) 650-2500
  • Region: Northern
Established during the first half of the 18th century, Quaker Hill is Wilmington’s oldest residential neighborhood. Consisting of over 100 contributing structures, its historical character and see more »

Rehoboth Avenue and Boardwalk

  • Rehoboth Avenue
  • Rehoboth, DE 19971
  • Region: Southern
Founded in 1873, the “Nation’s Summer Capital” has been making memories for millions since its early days as a religious retreat. This landmark location makes the perfect starting point for exploring see more »

Smyrna Museum

  • 11 S. Main St.
  • Smyrna, DE 19977
  • Phone: (302) 653-1320
  • Region: Central
This property consists of two historic buildings. The oldest, known as “The Plank House,” is a small frame structure that is representative of early 18th century architecture in rural Delaware. It see more »

The Green

  • 25 The Green
  • Dover, DE 19901
  • Phone: (302) 744-5055
  • Region: Central
For countless generations The Green has been the symbolic heart of this historic city, which was established by William Penn in 1683. Seat of county government and center for community life in see more »

Wilmington and Western Railroad

  • Greenbank Station 2201 Newport Gap Pk
  • Wilmington, DE 19808
  • Phone: (302) 998-1930
  • Region: Northern
Delaware’s historic Red Clay Valley provides the scenic backdrop for this fun and educational “hands-on-history” experience. Established in 1867 to provide freight and passenger service to the local see more »

Winterthur Museum, Garden, and Library

  • 5105 Kennett Pk (Rt 52)
  • Winterthur, DE 19735
  • Phone: (302) 888-4600
  • Region: Northern
More than fifty years ago, Delaware native Henry Francis duPont began welcoming visitors to his childhood home, Winterthur, to see its magnificent gardens and view his amazing collection of decorative see more »
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