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History & Heritage

From its Native American heritage to its wartime legacy to its crucial role in the American Industrial Revolution, Delaware has helped shape the story of our nation. To get you started on your tour of historic Delaware sites, consider this handy roundup of some top attractions:

Delaware History Trail: Your one-stop-shop for exploring the top historic attractions of Delaware.

Historic New Castle: Cobblestone streets and immaculate row houses make this riverside town a Colonial time-capsule that’s perfect for browsing and strolling.

First State Heritage Park: A collection of historic and cultural sites in the city that has been the seat of state government since 1777.

DuPont family mansions, gardens and estates: Among the state’s most spectacular historic attractions are Winterthur, Hagley and Nemours, each a well-preserved example of a time of grandeur.

Fort Delaware State Park: Located on an island in the middle of the Delaware River, this historic site housed 30,000 prisoners curing the Civil War.

Kalmar Nyckel: Day sails and tours bring Delaware’s tall ship to life.

First State National Monument: Made up of three historic locations within New Castle and Kent counties, the First State National Monument touches on tales that are central to America’s story.

Lewes Historic District: Gorgeous seaside village is brimming with history and sights.

Cooch’s Bridge Battlefield Site: See where American militia fought German soldiers serving alongside the British Army during the American Revolutionary War.

Air Mobility Command Museum: Get up close with Air Force transport planes and their history.

Barratt’s Chapel and Museum: Constructed in 1780, this simple but stately brick house of worship is recognized as “The Cradle of American Methodism.”

Biggs Museum of American Art: Lovers of history and fine art should make this a “must see” stop when visiting Delaware’s Capital City.

Historic Houses of Odessa: Odessa can lay claim to some of the finest examples of 18th and 19th century architecture in the state.

Nanticoke Indian Museum: This tribute to Delaware’s original inhabitants is a great side-trip for beach travelers.