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History & Heritage

Explore Delaware history as you discover the places and events that helped shaped a nation and the proud heritage of The First State.

Tour the family estates of the du Ponts – Nemours Mansion and Gardens, Winterthur, and Hagley Museum and Gardens – and take in each of their distinct architecture, decorative arts and scenic gardens.

For serious history buffs or family road trip ideas, embark on the Delaware History Trail and experience up to 36 historically significant sites including The Green in Dover, where Delaware became the first state to ratify the U.S. Constitution in 1787.

From strolling the cobblestone streets of historic New Castle to setting sail on the Kalmar Nyckel, Delaware museums and historical attractions offer a glimpse into the life and culture of days gone by. 

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Delaware State Police Museum

  • 1425 N Dupont Hwy.
  • Dover, DE 19901
  • Phone: (302) 739-7700
  • Region: Kent

Discoversea Shipwreck Museum

  • 708 Coastal Hwy
  • Fenwick Island, DE 19944
  • Phone: (302) 539-9366
  • Region: Sussex
DiscoverSea Shipwreck Museum is an ever-changing exhibit that expands and diversifies with the acquisitions of new artifacts as they are recovered. Our collection of shipwreck and recovered artifacts see more »

Dutch House

  • 32 E. Third St.
  • New Castle, DE 19720
  • Phone: (302) 322-2794
  • Region: New Castle
Step back in time to the seafaring days of the late 17th century when New Castle was a young port. Enjoy the gleam of early pewter set at a hutch table. Discover the kas (an unusual cupboard), spoon see more »

Elsie Williams Doll Collection

  • Seashore Hwy. Rt. 18/404
  • Georgetown, DE 19947
  • Phone: (302) 856-9033
  • Region: Sussex
Visiting this site will give you an opportunity to see dolls from all over the world. Elsie Williams was the wife of US Senator John Williams and had the opportunity to travel all over the world and see more »

Fenwick Island Lighthouse - Transpeninsular Marker

  • 146 St.
  • Fenwick Island, DE 19944
  • Phone: (302) 539-2100
  • Region: Sussex

Fort Delaware State Park

  • Pea Patch Island
  • P.O. Box 170
  • Delaware City, DE 19706
  • Phone: (302) 834-7941
  • Region: New Castle
Fort Delaware, the Union fortress dating back to 1859, once housed Confederate prisoners of war. It was originally built to protect the ports of Wilmington and Philadelphia. Visitors take a ½ -mile see more »

Fort Dupont State Park

  • Reedy Point Bridge, DE Rt 9
  • Delaware CIty, DE 19706
  • Phone: (302) 834-7941
  • Region: New Castle
Fort DuPont is located just south of Delaware City off Route 9. The park features 322 acres along the scenic Delaware River and the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal. Open year-round, the park provides see more »

Fort Miles Historical

  • 15099 Cape Henlopen Dr
  • Lewes, DE 19958
  • Phone: 302-645-0753
  • Region: Sussex
Built in 1941, the massive coastal fortification was designed to defend assets along the Delaware River and Bay such as oil refineries and factories, as well as the city of Philadelphia during the see more »

Georgetown Train Station

  • 140 Layton Ave.
  • Georgetown, DE 19947
  • Phone: (302) 855-5750
  • Region: Sussex

Governor Ross Mansion and Plantation

  • 23669 Ross Station Road
  • Seaford, DE 19973
  • Phone: (302) 628-9500
  • Region: Sussex
Walk back into time when life was more gracious. Explore a complete Victorian Italianate mansion with slave quarters, barns, sheds and spacious grounds. Learn what life was like before the Civil War, see more »

Greenbank Mills and Philips Farm

  • 500 Greenbank Rd.
  • Wilmington, DE 19808
  • Phone: (302) 999-9001
  • Region: New Castle
Greenbank Mills and Philips Farm, a living history museum open Saturdays, April to November, and by appointment. Visitors investigate themes from the viewpoint of the Philips family, this creates a see more »

Hagley Museum and Library

  • 298 Buck Road East
  • Wilmington, DE 19807
  • Phone: (302) 658-2400
  • Region: New Castle
Located on 235 acres along the banks of the Brandywine River in Wilmington, Delaware, Hagley is the site of the gunpowder works founded by E. I. du Pont in 1802. Hagley Museum and Gardens is an see more »

Hale-Byrnes House

  • 606 Stanton-Christiana Rd.
  • Newark, DE 19702
  • Phone: (302) 737-5792
  • Region: New Castle
The Historic Hale-Byrnes House was the site of a Council of War on September 6, 1777, five days before the Battle of the Brandywine. The house was built during the eighteenth century. The oldest see more »

Harrington Historical Society Museum

  • 108 Fleming St.
  • Harrington, DE 19952
  • Phone: (302) 398-3698
  • Region: Kent
The museum has a collection of memorabilia of Harrington. It also has the railroad complex on Hanley St. and includes the railroad tower, caboose and watchman’s hut. see more »

Hiram Rodney Burton House

  • 110 Shipcarpentar St.
  • Lewes, DE 19958
  • Phone: (302) 645-7670
  • Region: Sussex

Historic Houses of Odessa

  • Second and Main Sts
  • Odessa, DE 19730
  • Phone: (302) 378-4119
  • Region: New Castle
Five historic houses. Nearly 20 acres of surrounding property, outbuildings, and gardens. An outstanding private collection of household furnishings, fine and decorative arts. And programs and tours see more »

Iron Hill Museum

  • 1355 Old Baltimore Pk.
  • Newark, DE 19702
  • Phone: (302) 368-5703
  • Region: New Castle
The Iron Hill Museum is the primary resource for the study of human/natural history of the Iron Hill Area. Its programs, collections and library interpret the relationships between the people and the see more »

John Bell House

  • First State Heritage Park
  • 43 The Green
  • Dover, DE 19901
  • Phone: (302) 739-9194
  • Region: Kent

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
The Johnson Victoria Museum highlights the life and achievements of Delaware's native son. Eldridge Reeves Johnson, founder of the Victor Talking Machine Company. Through phonographs, memorabilia, see more »

Judge Morris Estate

  • 76 Polly Drummond Hill Rd.
  • Newark, DE 19711
  • Phone: (302) 761-6952
  • Region: New Castle

Lewes Historical Society

  • 110 Shipcarpenter St
  • Lewes, DE 19958
  • Phone: (302) 645-7670
  • Region: Sussex
The Lewes Historical Society began in 1961 as local residents identified a need to preserve Lewes' architectural heritage and for an organization to act as a steward for Lewes' past - a history that see more »

Lightship Overfalls Maritime Museum

  • 219 Pilottown Road
  • Lewes, DE 19958
  • Phone: (302) 644-8050
  • Region: Sussex
The Lightship Overfalls, was the last lightship built for the U.S. Lighthouse Service (USLHS). She was only one of the two lightships built in the 20th century for which the Congress made a separate see more »

Lombardy Hall Foundation

  • 1611 Concord Pike
  • Wilmington, DE 19803
  • Phone: (302) 798-3828
  • Region: New Castle
In 1968, the Lombardy Hall Foundation was chartered with the objective of restoring the Bedford house. A substantial financial gift was received from a couple interested in preserving its heritage, see more »

Mechanical Hall, University of Delaware

  • 30 North College Ave
  • Newark, DE 19716
  • Phone: (302) 831-8037
  • Region: New Castle
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