Experience Life in the New Sweden Colony
and the New Nation...
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!
April 30, 2017 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.
Noon - festivities begin with the Landing
Ceremony at Fort Christina
Park; performance by The Lenape Drum Group and Dancers.
1 - 4 pm:
• Tours of Copeland Maritime Center; children's crafts and games; crafters and exhibitors on hand with a variety of demonstrations from candle making to weaving. Vendors and music all afternoon.
• at Old Swedes Historic Site: archaeology dig and artifact exploration, audience-participation storytelling with Alfie Moss, scavenger hunt and children's crafts; live music, demonstration of open-hearth Swedish cooking and handcrafts; vendors, food trucks.
Entrance and most activities free; several at a nominal
charge. Water Taxi departs from Kalmar Nyckel dock offering rides
on the Christina River, 1-4 pm.
Locations include First State National Historical Park (Old Swedes Historic Site and Fort Christina); the Kalmar Nyckel and Copeland Maritime Center; a free shuttle bus will provide transportation among the locations.
For more information, email Old Swedes Historic Site.
Old Swedes Opening Schedule
Open for the season!
Old Swedes Historic Site is now open 1:00 - 4:00 pm Wed - Fri. and 10
am - 4 pm Saturdays through March.
Last tour begins at 3:30 pm.
Morning, group and school tours are always available by appointment: call 302-652-5629.