Delaware Historic Sites

By Allison Dolan Premium

? Amstel House
2 E. Fourth St. New Castle, DE 19720
(302) 322-2794
This 1738 mansion served as a governor’s home; George Washington paid a visit in 1784. Here, you’ll get a taste of 18th-century life (especially in the Colonial kitchen).
? Delaware History Center

500 block of North Market Street
Wilmington, DE 19801
(302) 656-0637
History buffs will want to hit all three destinations here: The Delaware History Museum, Old Town Hall and Willington Square.
? Fort Delaware State Park

Pea Patch Island
(302) 834-7941
<>:Hop a ferry ($6) from Clinton Street in Delaware City, and debark into the Civil War era at this former Union fortress. You’ll witness military exercises as well as everyday “drills” such as cooking and laundry.
? Greenbank Mill

500 Greenbank Road
Wilmington, DE 19808
(302) 999-9001
Learn about Delaware’s milling heritage at the home of the first automated flour mill.
? Holy Trinity (Old Swedes) Church and Hendrickson House Museum
606 Church St.
Wilmington, DE 19801
(302) 652-5629
Swedish and Dutch settlers, English colonists and perhaps your Delaware ancestors worshipped in this church — now the oldest American church that still stands as it originally was built.
? John Dickinson Plantation
340 Kitts Hummock Road
Dover, DE 19901
(302) 739-3277
“The penman of the Revolution,” Dickinson fueled opposition to British taxes through his published letters. At his family home, interpreters assume early American personas.
? Kalmar Nyckel Shipyard
1124 E. Seventh St.
Wilmington, DE 19801
(302) 429-7447
<>: Ride aboard the Kalmar Nyckel, a replica of the ship that carried the first Swedish settlers to the Delaware Valley (May through October). Next-door to the shipyard is Fort Christina Park (302-652 5629), the vessel’s original landing site.
? Lewes Historical Society

118 Front St.
Lewes, DE 19958
(302) 645-7670
<>: Dive into Delaware’s past in a complex of 12 historic homes turned museums. Cannonball House — so called because it took British fire during the War of 1812 — showcases four centuries of seafaring history.
? New Castle Court House Museum

211 Delaware St.
New Castle, DE 19770
(302) 323-4453
<>: Colonial and state assemblies met in this building until 1777, when the capital moved to Dover.

Visitor Information

? Delaware Tourism Office
99 Kings Highway Dover, DE 19901 (866) 284-7483


From the February 2005 Family Tree Magazine