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 the 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 1690s farmhouse where the story of the New Sweden Colony and its descendants comes alive!

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Old Swedes Historic Site has been nominated as: Best Museum (Arts & Entertainment/Museum category) and Best City Tour (Local Flavor category) in the Delaware Today 2015 "Readers' Choice" awards. Please vote for us using this link.

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Updates from the Field

Follow the Archaeological Field Methods class currently conducting research and excavations around Old Swedes Church via their blog (click here to visit blog)

History & Mystery at Old Swedes

Read about a very special tour of the 1638 Burial Ground in July - click here for story


Ghosts in the Graveyard

Saturday, October 17 and October 24, 2015; 6:30pm - 9:00pm

During the 19th Century, stories about 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
Call 302-652-5629, email programs@oldswedes.org

Hour-long tours begin on the half-hour.
Adults: $10, Students age 12-17: $6.


Power & Politics in New Sweden, 1638-1655

Saturday, Nov. 14 - Lazaretto Ballroom, 99 Wanamaker Ave., Essington, PA 19029.

The Fifteenth Annual New Sweden History Conference This year's conference will investigate the political powers involved in the New Sweden Colony - the mechanisms by which New Sweden's governors maintained and exercised influence in their enduring struggle for control of the Delaware Valley and its access to the riches of North America. Experts from Finland, Sweden, The Netherlands and the US; conference moderated by Magadalena Naum, Ph.D. from Oulu University, Finland.
Register online
Discounted early bird registration by Oct. 16; registration deadline is Oct. 30. Questions? call the American Swedish Historical Museum: 215-389-1776.


Sankta Lucia Celebration

Sunday, December 13, 2015; 1:00 pm and 3:30 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 sponsors the annual December celebration of Sankta Lucia at Old Swedes Church. The doors of the church will open 30 minutes prior to each performance.

Contact Ingrid McAllister - 302-378-2661 (home) or 302-373-0736 (cell) or email: immcallist@aol.com


A Swedish Christmas

Dec. 2-31, 2015

The Hendrickson House Museum, decorated for a Swedish Christmas, will be open for tours and holiday shopping, Wed.- Sat., Dec. 2-31. The Gift Shop always has plenty of Swedish Christmas ornaments, books and gift items. The museum and gift shop will also be open Sunday, Dec. 13 from Noon - 5:00 pm for those attending the Lucia Celebration.