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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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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 »
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