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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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Seaford Fire Museum

  • High St
  • Seaford, DE 19973
  • Phone: (302) 629-9173
  • Region: Southern
The Seaford Fire Museum located in Seaford, Delaware can be found on the 400 block of High Street. It currently houses the two oldest pieces of fire equipment and memorabilia for the department see more »

Seaford Museum

  • 203 High Street
  • Seaford, DE 19973
  • Phone: (302) 628-9828
  • Region: Southern
The Seaford Museum in Seaford, Delaware maintains thousands of local artifacts all done by volunteers. see more »

The Old Library Museum

  • 40 E. Third St
  • New Castle, DE 19720
  • Phone: (302) 322-2794
  • Region: Northern
Visit the Old Library Museum home to the New Castle Historical Society's changing exhibits. The building was build in 1892 and has retained the original interior woodwork. see more »

The Old State House

  • 25 The Green
  • Dover, DE 19901
  • Phone: (302) 744-5055
  • Region: Central
Found in the state capital of Dover, The Old State House has been a piece of Delaware history since 1791. Being the first permanent capitol building in Central Delaware, The Old State House is a see more »

Traders Cove Coffee Shop and The Menagerie of Artisans at Penn's Place

  • 206 Delaware Street
  • New Castle, DE 19720
  • Phone: (302) 322-6334
  • Region: Northern
A kicky blend of FREE Wi-Fi & Wi-Buy…historic building, circa 1682, offers a great cup of Joe, good conversation, wine, beer, therapeutic massage & Retail Shopping Therapy! Purchase one-of-a-kind see more »

Treasures of the Sea

  • 21179 College Drive
  • Georgetown, DE 19947
  • Phone: 302-856-5700
  • Region: Southern
Visit Treasures of the Sea located on the campus of Delaware Technical and Community College in Georgetown, Delaware to explore the lost treasure of the 'Atocha' that sank off the coast of Florida in see more »

University of Delaware Mineralogical Museum - Penny Hall

  • 225 Academy St
  • Newark, DE 19716
  • Phone: (302) 831-8037
  • Region: Northern
Originally a gift from the collection of Irene du Pont, Sr. of the famous du Pont family of Delaware, this exquisite ensemble of rare minerals and crystals is unlike anything else. The newly renovated see more »

Verrazzano Monument

  • Boardwalk & Olive Avenue
  • Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971
  • Region: Southern
When strolling along the Rehoboth Boardwalk, stop by the Verrazzano Monument for a quick taste of our U.S. history. Honoring the Voyage of Italian Explorer Giovanni de Verrazzano, the first European see more »

Wilmington and Western Railroad

  • Greenbank Station 2201 Newport Gap Pk
  • Wilmington, DE 19808
  • Phone: (302) 998-1930
  • Region: Northern
Delaware’s historic Red Clay Valley provides the scenic backdrop for this fun and educational “hands-on-history” experience at the Wilmington and Western Railroad. Established in 1867 to provide see more »

Winterthur Museum, Garden, and Library

  • 5105 Kennett Pk (Rt 52)
  • Wilmington, DE 19735
  • Phone: (302) 888-4600
  • Region: Northern
Located in Wilmington, DelawareWinterthur is the premier museum of American decorative arts including the Campbell Collection of Soup Tureens. Winterthur is also home to a 60-acre garden perfect for see more »

Woodburn The Governors House

  • 151 Kings Highway
  • Dover, DE 19901
  • Phone: (302) 739-5656
  • Region: Central
Located in Dover, Delaware, Woodburn has served as the official residence of the Governor of Delaware since 1965. Tours are available Monday through Friday from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm by appointment only. see more »

Zwaanendael Museum

  • 102 Kings Hwy
  • Lewes, DE 19958
  • Phone: (302) 645-1148
  • Region: Southern
The Zwaanendael Museum in Lewes, Delaware was built to commemorate the Delaware's first European colony by the Dutch. The Zwaanendael Museum's exhibits provide a showcase for Lewes-area maritime, see more »
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