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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: 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 »

The Georgetown Train Station

  • 140 Layton Ave.
  • Georgetown, DE 19947
  • Phone: 302.855.5750

The Old Library Museum

  • 40 E. Third St
  • New Castle, DE 19720
  • Phone: (302) 322-2794
  • Region: New Castle
Visit the Old Library Museum, the New Castle Historical Society’s space for changing exhibits, where the charm of this building will stir your imagination! 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: New Castle
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

  • Seashore Hwy Rt. 18/404
  • Georgetown, DE 19947
  • Phone: 302-856-5700
  • Region: Sussex

University of Delaware Mineralogical Museum - Penny Hall

  • 225 Academy St
  • Newark, DE 19716
  • Phone: (302) 831-8037
  • Region: New Castle

Verrazzano Monument

  • Boardwalk & Olive Avenue
  • Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971
  • Region: Sussex
Honoring the Voyage of Italian Explorer Giovanni de Verrazzano, the first European explorer to chart portions of the east coast. see more »

Village of Arden

  • 2119 The Highway
  • Arden, DE 19810
  • Region: New Castle

Wilmington and Western Railroad

  • Greenbank Station 2201 Newport Gap Pk
  • Wilmington, DE 19808
  • Phone: (302) 998-1930
  • Region: New Castle
The Wilmington and Western offers is a freight and heritage railroad in northern Delaware offering steam-diesel-powered scenic train tours. The trains operate rain or shine on weekends throughout the see more »

Winterthur Museum, Garden, and Library

  • 5105 Kennett Pk (Rt 52)
  • Winterthur, DE 19735
  • Phone: (302) 888-4600
  • Region: New Castle
Founded by Henry Francis du Pont, Winterthur is the premier museum of American decorative arts, reflecting both early America and the du Pont family’s life here. Winterthur is home to a 60-acre see more »

Woodburn The Governors House

  • 151 Kings Highway
  • Dover, DE 19901
Woodburn has served as the official residence of the Governor of Delaware since it was purchased by the state in 1965. Today, historians credit Woodburn's historical importance as much to the home's see more »

Zwaanendael Museum

  • 102 Kings Hwy
  • Lewes, DE 19958
  • Phone: (302) 645-1148
  • Region: Sussex
The Zwaanendael Museum was built in 1931 to commemorate the 300th anniversary of the state's first European colony, Swanendael, established by the Dutch in 1631. Modeled after the town hall in Hoorn, see more »
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