Old Swedes FoundationOld Swedes Church • Wilimington, DE

Experience Life in the New Sweden Colony
and the New Nation...

Hendrickson House and Burial Grounds

Hendrickson House and Burial Grounds

Welcome to Old Swedes Historic Site! Located near the landing site of the first Swedish settlers in the Delaware Valley, Old Swedes Foundation offers tours of Old Swedes Church, the Burial Grounds, and the historic Hendrickson House museum. Come visit us and see what life was like in the New Sweden Colony under the Swedish, Dutch, English, and American flags. Learn more about life in the Delaware colony in the years leading up to the American Revolution, and how it came to be known as The First State.

We invite you to meander the labyrinth, and churchyard paths, where visitors can discover gravestones that relate four hundred years of American history. Visit us today and take a tour of the 1698-1699 church and the 18th century farmhouse where the story of the New Sweden Colony and its descendants comes alive!

Ghosts in the Graveyard

Saturday, October 21, 2017

During the 19th Century, stories of graveyard hauntings were whispered in the parlors, taverns and shops of Wilmington with hushed excitement. Some of these tales have never been successfully refuted. Join us for Ghosts in the Graveyard and see if you can solve the mystery of the late night bell ringing at Old Swedes Church.

Reservations required. Hour-long tours begin on the half-hour.
Adults: $10, Students: $6. Not recommended for children under 12.
Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. A ticket is required for children age 6 and older.
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New Sweden beyond the Delaware, 1638-1776

Saturday, November 4, 2017

17th Annual New Sweden History Conference
This year's New Sweden History Conference explores the migration of Swedish colonists from the first landing point of Wilmington, DE to the greater Delaware Valley and East Coast region.
Through material culture and the science of DNA, speakers will discuss how the New Sweden colonists and subsequent generations maintained their sense of culture and community while assimilating into the shifting political power structures around them.

Speakers include Brian Crane, Ph.D., professional archaeologist and senior project manager for engineering firm Versar; Sean Moir, owner/president of Western Heritage Mapping; Laurie Fitzpatrick, MA History candidate, Temple University; Catherine Dann Roeber, Ph.D., Asst. Professor, Decorative Arts and Material Culture, Wintherthur Museum; Becky Griswold, Genetic Genealogist.

Register online - Early Bird registration by Oct. 13. Registration deadline is Oct. 30

For registration questions, please call the American Swedish Historical Museum at (215) 389-1776.
Conference sponsored by the New Sweden Alliance.


Sankta Lucia Celebration

Sunday, December 10, 2017; 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm

Join us for a traditional celebration of the Feast Day of Sankta Lucia, a holiday that is still marked by light and music in Sweden today. The Delaware Swedish Colonial Society and Old Swedes Historic Site co-sponsor the annual December celebration of Sankta Lucia at Old Swedes Church. The doors of the church will open 30 minutes prior to each performance.
Click here for tickets to the 1 pm performance.
Click here for tickets to the 3 pm performance.