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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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Messick Agricultural Museum

  • 317 Walt Messick Rd.
  • Harrington, DE 19952
  • Phone: (302) 398-3729
  • Region: Kent
Taylor & Messick, Inc. includes Messick's Ag. Museum, which opened in 1976. This museum exhibits antique machinery, automobiles, tools, toys and other farming memorabilia housed in two enclosed see more »

Middle Point - Mason Dixon Marker

  • Route 54
  • Delmar, DE 19940
  • Region: Sussex
It was at this location in 1764 that surveyors Mason and Dixon started their historic survey of the boundaries of Lord Calvert’s Maryland and the Pennsylvania and Delaware holdings of the family of see more »

Milford Museum

  • 121 S. Walnut St.
  • Milford, DE 19963
  • Phone: (302) 424-1080
  • Region: Kent

Milton Historical Society

  • 210 Union St
  • Milton, DE 19968
  • Phone: (302) 684-1010
  • Region: Sussex
The Milton Historical Society is a nonprofit cultural and educational organization dedicated to increasing public understanding and appreciation of the history of Milton and the Broadkill Hundred. The see more »

Mount Cuba Center

  • 3120 Barley Mill Rd.
  • Hockessin, DE 19707
  • Phone: (302) 239-4244
  • Region: New Castle
Mount Cuba Center offers 600 acres of lush gardens and scenery. Guided garden tours provide an excellent overview of Mount Cuba Center's naturalistic gardens. Learn about the history, design, and see more »

Mount Pleasant Meeting House

  • 720 Carr Road
  • Wilmington, DE 19809
  • Phone: (302) 761-6952
Take a step back to a simpler time at the Mount Pleasant Meeting House, listed on the National Register of Historic Places. A restored sanctuary with its original decorative amber windows and walnut see more »

Nanticoke Indian Museum

  • 26673 John J Williams Hwy
  • Millsboro, DE 19966
  • Phone: (302) 945-7022
  • Region: Sussex
The museum stores many of the artifacts that give a glimpse into the history of the Nanticoke Indians. Many visitors tour the museum to view the jewelry, pottery, spears, and arrow points used by our see more »

Nemours Mansion and Gardens

  • Alapocas Drive and Route 141
  • Wilmington, DE 19803
  • Phone: (302) 651-6912
  • Region: New Castle
Nemours is a 300-acre country estate of the late industrialist and philanthropist Alfred I. duPont. The Nemours Mansion and Gardens is a breathtaking piece of architecture with a large reflecting see more »

New Castle Historical Society

  • 2 East Fourth St.
  • New Castle, DE 19720
  • Phone: (302) 322-2794
  • Region: New Castle
Make the three museums of the New Castle Historical Society your first stop when you visit Historic New Castle. The town's cobblestones almost ring with the echoes of its diverse past. We'll share see more »

New Castle Presbyterian Church

  • 25 E. Second St
  • New Castle, DE 19720
  • Phone: (302) 328-3279
  • Region: New Castle

New Sweden Centre at Kalmar Nyckel

  • 1124 E. 7th St.
  • Wilmington, DE 19801
  • Phone: (302) 429-0464
  • Region: New Castle
The New Sweden Centre is an interpretive center for the colonial history of the Delaware Valley, featuring "Hands-On-History" displays of artifacts from the Prehistoric era to the American War for see more »

Nutter D. Marvel Carriage Museum

  • 510 S. Bedford St
  • Georgetown, DE 19947
  • Phone: (302) 855-9660
  • Region: Sussex
You will be amazed with the museum's collection of antique carriages as well as the many original, restored buildings on the museum property. The Museum is operated by a volunteer staff, so days, see more »

Old Claymont High School

  • Green Street
  • Claymont, DE 19703
  • Region: New Castle
Constructed 1924-25. Also known as the Green Street School. Prominent in United States history as the first public high school in the 17 segregated states to be legally integrated. Marker is at the see more »

Old Swedes (Holy Trinity) Church

  • 606 Church St
  • Wilmington, DE 19801
  • Phone: (302) 652-5629
  • Region: New Castle
Built in 1698-1699 by the descendents of the Swedish colonists who founded the New Sweden Colony. see more »

Old Town Hall Museum

  • 500 Block Market St
  • Wilmington, DE 19801
  • Phone: (302) 655-7161
  • Region: New Castle
Built in 1798, Old Town Hall functioned as the center of political and social activities during the height of Wilmington's mercantile-milling economy. The handsome Federal-style structure housed the see more »

Our Lady Queen of Peace Shrine at Holy Spirit Church

  • 12 Winder Rd
  • New Castle, DE 19720
  • Phone: (302) 654-3232
  • Region: New Castle

Parson Thorne Mansion

  • 501 NW Front St.
  • Milford, DE 19963
  • Phone: (302) 422-3115
  • Region: Kent
The Parson Thorne Mansion Highlights Milford’s History. If you enjoy touring historic places, studying architecture, or you simply want to learn more about the history of Milford, Delaware, you’ll see more »

Pencader Heritage Museum/Cooch-Dayett Mills

  • 2029 Sunset Lake Rd.
  • Newark, DE 19702
  • Phone: (302) 737-5859
  • Region: New Castle
We are creating an educational environment for students, teachers and interested residents to learn about the history and culture of the Pencader Hundred. Our Cooch Room features pictures and see more »

Quaker Hill Historic Preservation Foundation

  • 521 N. West St
  • Wilmington, DE 19801
  • Phone: (302) 655-2500
  • Region: New Castle
The Quaker Hill Historic Preservation Foundation is a non-profit organization established in 1992 to aid in the restoration and preservation of the Quaker Hill Historic District in Wilmington, see more »

Rehoboth Beach Historical Society Museum

  • 511 Rehoboth Ave
  • Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971
  • Phone: (302) 227-7310
  • Region: Sussex
Founded in 1975, the Society's mission is to preserve and showcase artifacts that illustrate the development of the community see more »

Riverfront Wilmington River Taxi

  • 815 Justison St
  • Wilmington, DE 19801
  • Phone: (302) 530-5069
  • Region: New Castle
Leave the crowds and cars behind while you cruise the Christina River on the River Taxi. Experience Wilmington’s Riverfront as you have never seen it before…from the water. Weary travelers can relax see more »

Rockwood Park and Mansion

  • 610 Shipley Rd
  • Wilmington, DE 19809
  • Phone: (302) 761-4340
  • Region: New Castle
Rockwood is a 150 year old estate that is now a public park featuring a six acre historic garden and a mansion with a museum. Joseph Shipley, a Quaker merchant banker, built Rockwood between 1851 and see more »

Ryves Holt House

  • 218 2nd St
  • Lewes, DE 19958
  • Phone: 302-645-76710
  • Region: Sussex
The earliest part of this house has been dated to 1665, making it the oldest house in Delaware. see more »

Seaford Fire Museum

  • High St
  • Seaford, DE 19973
  • Phone: (302) 629-9173
  • Region: Sussex

Seaford Museum

  • 203 High Street
  • Seaford, DE 19973
  • Phone: (302) 628-9828
  • Region: Sussex
The Seaford Museum has been called a jewel. One of the nicest museums in the state, it is very unusual in that volunteers have been responsible for saving and converting the town’s old post office see more »
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