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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 Sports Museum and Hall of Fame

  • 801 Shipyard Dr
  • Wilmington, DE 19801
  • Phone: (302) 425-3263
  • Region: Northern
Found in Wilmington at Frawley Stadium, the Delaware Sports Museum and Hall of Fame strives to preserve and honor the heroes in Delaware sports. The next time you visit Northern Delaware come see more »

Delaware State Police Museum

  • 1425 N Dupont Hwy.
  • Dover, DE 19901
  • Phone: (302) 739-7700
  • Region: Central
Offering a wide range of artifacts including everything from uniforms to cars (and a helicopter!) document the nearly one hundred year history of the state’s police force. Special exhibits concern see more »

Discoversea Shipwreck Museum

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

Dutch House

  • 32 E. Third St.
  • New Castle, DE 19720
  • Phone: (302) 322-2794
  • Region: Northern
At the Dutch House, 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 see more »

Elsie Williams Doll Collection

  • Seashore Hwy. Rt. 18/404
  • Georgetown, DE 19947
  • Phone: (302) 856-9033
  • Region: Southern
Elsie Williams was the wife of US Senator John "Whispering Willie" Williams, native of Millsboro, Delaware. During her travels around the United States and abroad with her husband, she developed an see more »

Fenwick Island Lighthouse - Transpeninsular Marker

  • 146 St.
  • Fenwick Island, DE 19944
  • Phone: (302) 539-2100
  • Region: Southern
Located on the grounds of the historic Fenwick Island Lighthouse, the marker is the first of a series of stone monuments that were placed by surveyors in 1750-51 to mark the Transpeninsular Line see more »

Fort Delaware State Park

  • Pea Patch Island
  • P.O. Box 170
  • Delaware City, DE 19706
  • Phone: (302) 834-7941
  • Region: Northern
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: Northern
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: Southern
Fort Miles in Lewes, Delaware was built in 1941, to defend assets along the Delaware River and Bay during the Second World War. Stop by Fort Miles to experience the history of this important site. see more »

Governor Ross Mansion and Plantation

  • 23669 Ross Station Road
  • Seaford, DE 19973
  • Phone: (302) 628-9500
  • Region: Southern
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: Northern
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: Northern
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: Northern
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: Central
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 Shipcarpenter St.
  • Lewes, DE 19958
  • Phone: (302) 645-7670
  • Region: Southern
The Hiram Rodney Burton House is located in Lewes, Delaware. The house is named for Dr. Hiram Rodney Burton, a prominent Lewes physician. Dr. Burton served in the 59th and 60th United States see more »

Historic Houses of Odessa

  • 201 Main Street
  • Odessa, DE 19730
  • Phone: (302) 378-4119
  • Region: Northern
Located in Odessa, Delaware, five historic houses and nearly 20 acres of surrounding property, outbuildings, and gardens. An outstanding private collection of household furnishings, fine and see more »

Indian River Life-Saving Station, Delaware Seashore State Park

  • 25039 Coastal Highway
  • Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971
  • Phone: (302) 227-6991
  • Region: Southern
The Life-Saving Station is located in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware at Delaware Seashore State Park. The station was build in 1876 and restored to its 1905 appearance. The Life-Saving Station is listed in see more »

Iron Hill Museum

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

John Bell House

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

John Dickinson Plantation

  • 340 Kitts Hummock Rd.
  • Dover, DE 19901
  • Phone: (302) 739-3277
  • Region: Central
The home of John Dickinson in Dover, Delaware, was one of the founding fathers of the United States, signer of the Constitution and "Penman of the Revolution." The Plantation features Dickinson's see more »

Johnson Victrola Museum

  • 375 S. New St.
  • Dover, DE 19901
  • Phone: (302) 744-5055
  • Region: Central
The Johnson Victoria Museum in Dover, Delaware highlights the life and achievements of Delaware's native son, Eldridge Reeves Johnson, founder of the Victor Talking Machine Company. The museum see more »

Judge Morris Estate

  • 76 Polly Drummond Hill Rd.
  • Newark, DE 19711
  • Phone: (302) 368-6900
  • Region: Northern
The Judge Morris Estate in Newark, Delaware is part of White Clay Creek State Park. Judge Morris was a native Delawarean, attorney and federal judge and lived in this historic home which dates back to see more »

Lewes Historical Society

  • 110 Shipcarpenter St
  • Lewes, DE 19958
  • Phone: (302) 645-7670
  • Region: Southern
The Lewes Historical Society preserves the rich history and heritage of this community dating back to the 1600s. Visitors can take tours of the Lewes Historic Society complex and museums throughout see more »

Lightship Overfalls Maritime Museum

  • 219 Pilottown Road
  • Lewes, DE 19958
  • Phone: (302) 644-8050
  • Region: Southern
The Lightship Overfalls, was the last lightship built for the U.S. Lighthouse Service. Now, docked along the canal front in historic Lewes, Delaware, the Overfalls Lightship Maritime Museum is see more »

Mechanical Hall, University of Delaware

  • 30 North College Ave
  • Newark, DE 19716
  • Phone: (302) 831-8037
  • Region: Northern
Built in 1898, Mechanical Hall is on the National Register of Historic Places. Following an award winning renovation, Mechanical Hall reopened in 2004 at the University of Delaware as the home of the see more »
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