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!

Holiday Legacy Art Sale

Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018 4:30 - 8:00 pm

Please join us for a very special event to benefit the preservation of Old Swedes Historic Site:

Art Exhibition & Sale
at the LaFate Art Gallery
227 N. Market St., Wilmington, DE

Gallery owner, artist and event host Eunice LaFate will donate a percentage of the proceeds from this event to benefit the ongoing preservation efforts of Old Swedes Foundation. Her "Merging Cultures" (at left) typifies her vibrant, colorful and deeply meaningful works. Holiday shopping? You'll find unique works in her gallery.

Buy your admission tickets securely here through Dec. 1:

Event Tickets

NOTE: Your admission ticket is your PayPal receipt. No other tickets will be issued.


Sankta Lucia Celebration

Sunday, December 9, 2018

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 in the historic Old Swedes Church (1698-99).

Buy your tickets securely here.