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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 Museum of Natural History

  • 4840 Kennett Pike
  • Wilmington, DE 19807
  • Phone: 302-658-9111
  • Region: Northern
Offering information and exhibits of the natural world since 1972, the Delaware Museum of Natural History of Northern Delaware is a fantastic was to spend the day with family and friends. Located in see more »

Afro-American Historical Society/Art Alliance

  • 2018 Silverside Rd.
  • Wilmington, DE 19810
  • Phone: (302) 562-4718
  • Region: Northern

Air Mobility Command Museum

  • 1301 Heritage Rd.
  • Dover, DE 19902
  • Phone: (302) 677-5938
  • Region: Central
Fascinating collection of rare vintage aircraft. Climb aboard planes from WW II to current four-engine jet transports. Fly our simulators. FREE guided tours, open to the public. Exit 91 off Route 1 see more »

Amstel House

  • 2 East Fourth St.
  • New Castle, DE 19720
  • Phone: (302) 322-2794
  • Region: Northern
Among New Castle’s few surviving early colonial buildings is the elegant brick, early Georgian mansion, the Amstel House. Built in the 1730s by the town’s wealthiest landowner, Dr. John Finney, the see more »

Auburn Heights Preserve

  • 3000 Creek Rd.
  • Yorklyn, DE 19736
  • Phone: (302) 239-2385
  • Region: Northern
Visit the Auburn Heights Preserve in Yorklyn, Delaware, and learn about the dawn of the automotive age and the technology of historic steam transportation! View the world's largest operating see more »

Barratt's Chapel and Museum

  • 6362 Bay Rd.
  • Frederica, DE 19946
  • Phone: (302) 335-5544
  • Region: Central
Barratt's Chapel located in Frederica, Delaware, is the oldest surviving church building in the United States built by and for Methodists. Known as the "Cradle of Methodism," the site is an officially see more »

Barratt's Chapel and Museum

  • 6362 Bay Rd.
  • Frederica, DE 19946
  • Phone: (302) 335-5544
  • Region: Central
Barratt's Chapel located in Frederica, Delaware, is the oldest surviving church building in the United States built by and for Methodists. Known as the "Cradle of Methodism," the site is an officially see more »

Belmont Hall

  • 217 Smyrna Leipsic Road
  • Smyrna, DE 19977
  • Phone: (302) 264-9048
  • Region: Central
Visit Belmont Hall located in Smyrna, one of the most treasured historic houses in Delaware! This magnificent Georgian mansion built in 1773 is surrounded by stately trees, rolling lawns, and lovely see more »

Bethany Beach Museum

  • 214 Garfield Parkway
  • Bethany Beach, DE 19930
  • Phone: (302) 539-8011
  • Region: Southern
Visit the Bethany Beach Museum in Delaware to view a collection of historic photos, artifacts and memorabilia documenting the Town's history! The exhibits depict an interesting chronicle of facts see more »

Biggs Museum of American Art

  • 406 Federal St.
  • Dover, DE 19901
  • Phone: (302) 674-2111
  • Region: Central
The Biggs Museum of American Art located in the heart of Historic Dover, Delaware, features a growing collection of nearly 1,800 fine and decorative art objects reflecting the Delmarva Peninsula. see more »

Bowers Beach Maritime Museum

  • 3357 Main Street
  • Frederica, DE 19946
  • Phone: (302) 335-1556
  • Region: Central
The Bowers Beach Maritime Museum in Central Delaware is a wonderful place to learn some of Delaware's coastal history. The museum offers information on Delaware Bay, the local water men of the area, see more »

Breakwater/Harbor of Refuge

  • Cape May/Lewes Terminal
  • Lewes, DE 19958
  • Phone: (302) 644-7046
  • Region: Southern
Found off the coast of Lewes in Southern Delaware, the Breakwater / Harbor of Refuge lighthouse can be seen from the Cape May Lewes Ferry terminal. First lit in 1926, this is a must see for any see more »

Bridgeville Historical Society Museum

  • 102 William St.
  • Bridgeville, DE 19933
  • Phone: (302) 337-8595
  • Region: Southern
Found in Southern Delaware, the Bridgeville Historical Society is a wonderful place to learn about the history of Bridgeville which is one of the oldest towns in western Delaware. see more »

Camden Friends Meeting

  • 122 E. Camden-Wyoming Ave.
  • Camden, DE 19934
  • Phone: (302) 698-3324
  • Region: Central
Based in central Delaware in the town of Camden is Camden Friends Meeting. We Offer walking tours of historic homes in Camden. Give us a call for more information and special events. see more »

Cannon Ball Maritime House

  • 118 Front St.
  • Lewes, DE 19958
  • Phone: (302) 645-7670
  • Region: Southern
The Cannonball House in Delaware has come to symbolize not only the Society, but the town of Lewes as well; previous uses included a restaurant, a laundry store and, for a time, the mayor's office. see more »

Cape Henlopen State Park

  • 15099 Cape Henlopen Dr.
  • Lewes, DE 19958
  • Phone: 302-645-8983
  • Region: Southern
Cape Henlopen's beaches offers great opportunity for scenic surf fishing! Cape Henlopen State Park is home to breathtaking beaches for swimming and sunbathing. Two designated swimming beaches provide see more »

Cape Henlopen State Park and Campground

  • 15099 Cape Henlopen Dr.
  • Lewes, DE 19958
  • Phone: (302) 645-8983
  • Region: Southern
Cape Henlopen State Park is home to breathtaking beaches for swimming and sunbathing. Two designated swimming beaches provide lifeguard patrols between Memorial Day weekend and Labor Day (schedule may see more »

Captain John Smith Monument/Phillips Landing

  • Phillips Landing Rd., Rt 496
  • Laurel, DE 19956
  • Region: Southern
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: Central
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 »

Cooch-Dayett Mills

  • 904 Old Baltimore Pk
  • Newark, DE 19702
  • Phone: (302) 239-2334
  • Region: Northern
With programming provided by the Delaware Nature Society, Cooch-Dayett Mills features education programs for families, school classes and the public. The historic roller mills, along with natural see more »

De Vries Monument

  • 102 Road 268
  • Lewes, DE 19958
  • Region: Southern
The De Vries Monument in Lewes, Delaware was dedicated on September 22, 1909 and commemorates the establishment of the first permanent European presence in Delaware. see more »

Delaware Agricultural Museum and Village

  • 866 N. Dupont Hwy.
  • Dover, DE 19901
  • Phone: (302) 734-1618
  • Region: Central
The Delaware Agricultural Museum in Dover, Delaware presents its exhibitions and historic buildings to preserve the agricultural heritage of Delaware. The Agricultural Museum houses over 10,000 see more »

Delaware Aviation Museum

  • 21513 Rudder Ln
  • Georgetown, DE 19947
  • Phone: (302) 854-0244
  • Region: Southern
Delaware Aviation Museum in Georgetown, Delaware provides flight training and warbird rides. The Aviation Museum also displays vintage aircrafts and aviation artifacts. see more »

Delaware Breakwater Lighthouse

  • 15099 Cape Henlopen Drive
  • Lewes, DE 19958
  • Phone: 302-645-8073
  • Region: Southern
Established in 1885 and can be seen of the shores of Cape Henlopen State Park, the Delaware Breakwater Lighthouse is one of Delaware's oldest lighthouses. The next time you find yourself in Southern see more »

Delaware Historical Society

  • 505 N. Market Street
  • Wilmington, DE 19801
  • Phone: (302) 295-2390
  • Region: Northern
Preserving, sharing, and exploring Delaware's History since 1864, the Delaware Historical Society in Northern Delaware is the perfect start to learning all their is to know about Delaware and it's see more »
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