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!

Louise du Pont Crowninshield: Preservation Pioneer

Thursday, March 22 at 7 pm

Please join us and award-winning public historian Kim Burdick, who will present a slide-illustrated lecture exploring the life of Louise Crowninshield, the sister of Henry Francis du Pont, and a founding board member of Old Swedes Foundation. All are welcome to this free event. Free parking on site.

Raised at Winterthur, Louise du Pont Crowninshield and her brother became well-known collectors and scholars of Americana. While H.F. was forming what would later become Winterthur Museum, she was helping to lay the groundwork for what would become America’s historic preservation movement.Her work is recognized as having been of key importance to organizations such as the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the Society for the Preservation of Delaware Antiquities and the Salem Maritime Complex.

What is not as well known is her involvement with the Old Swedes Foundation - responsible for the care and maintenance of Old Swedes Church and later Historic Site - as a board member instrumental in its founding in the late 1940s and continued operation.

Curator of the historic Hale Byrnes House, Kim Burdick is a graduate of the Cooperstown Graduate Programs and of the College of Urban Affairs at the University of Delaware. She is the Board President of the George Washington Society; at-large Board Member of the Delaware Press Association, and former Delaware representative to the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Burdick is the author of Revolutionary Delaware: Independence in the First State (2016).

This lecture is funded by the Delaware Humanities.


Festival at the Fort 2018

Sunday, April 22, 2018 Noon - 4 pm

Experience the rich historical heritage of the 7th Street Peninsula and the Colonial-era cultures of the Lenni Lenape, Swedes, Finns, Dutch and English. An afternoon of fun and learning for the whole family.

Details coming soon!