Historic Odessa Foundation

Once a busy Delaware Bay port town known for the shipment of grain and other agricultural products, Odessa can lay claim to some of the finest examples of 18th and 19th century architecture in the state. Visit five historic houses and nearly 20 acres of surrounding property, outbuildings, and gardens. An outstanding private collection of household furnishings, fine and decorative arts, along with a variety of programs and tours, bring this Colonial enclave to life, all year long. Historic Odessa is open to the public March through December, Tuesday through Saturday, 10 AM – 4:30 PM and Sunday 1 PM – 4:30 PM, Monday by reservation. Historic Odessa is closed January and February, Easter, Independence Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. The Visitor Center for the Historic Odessa is located on the main floor of The Odessa Bank c. 1855 and houses special exhibits, information center, and accessible restrooms. Visitors are ticketed and leave on guided tours from this location. The Visitors Center and Cantwell's Tavern are fully accessible. The Corbit-Sharp House, Collins-Sharp House and Wilson-Warner Houses are partially accessible.


201 Main Street Odessa, DE 19730

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  • Monday: Closed

  • Tuesday: 10:00 AM – 4:30 PM

  • Wednesday: 10:00 AM – 4:30 PM

  • Thursday: 10:00 AM – 4:30 PM

  • Friday: 10:00 AM – 4:30 PM

  • Saturday: 10:00 AM – 4:30 PM

  • Sunday: 1:00 – 4:30 PM

  • Temp Outdoor Self Guided Tours

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