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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 »

Appoquinimink Friends Meeting House

  • West Main Street (Route 299)
  • Odessa, DE 19730
  • Region: New Castle
Members of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) were among the early settlers of the area surrounding Odessa, coming in with various groups organized by William Penn, seeking religious freedom see more »
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