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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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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 »

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 »

Lewes Canalfront Park

  • 211 Front Street
  • Lewes, DE 19958
  • Phone: (302) 645-2795
The Lewes Canalfront Park features twenty-two new dock slips for recreational and commercial boating, launch area for canoes and kayaks, scenic overlooks for pedestrians and a playground. The park is see more »
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