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Address: 606 N Church St, Wilmington, DE 19801-4421
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+1 302-652-5629
10:00 - 16:00
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Located near the landing site of the first Swedish settlers in the Delaware...

Located near the landing site of the first Swedish settlers in the Delaware Valley, Old Swedes Historic Site 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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Simple elegant place of pray

This historical church is still a place of worship now by an Episcopal congregation. It is a simple ,tranquil Holy place surrounded by a well kept cemetery.One of the oldest... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Kyle S
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Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

This historical church is still a place of worship now by an Episcopal congregation. It is a simple ,tranquil Holy place surrounded by a well kept cemetery.One of the oldest edifices in Wilmington.

Thank Kyle S
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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Reviewed 13 December 2016

It looks like a simple site outside, but when you go inside, you see much more. There is much history here, and there is a great staff running the place.

Thank JohnBCowgill
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Reviewed 10 August 2016 via mobile

Great history and a beautiful church! In today's hustle and bustle world,it is nice to step back and reset yourself! Great well cared for cemetery stones and a beautiful spot!

Thank Heather L
Wilmington, Delaware
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Reviewed 1 July 2016

This is probably the oldest extant church in full use in the Wilmington area. Simple and full of local history. Founded by the original settlers, now an Episcopal church. Historic burial ground surrounds it, and a very moving venue for services and small weddings - up to perhaps 200 people.

1 Thank Drew and B M
Alexandria Bay, New York
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Reviewed 24 May 2016 via mobile

This is a place that I have wanted to visit for a long time and it did not disappoint! The church cemetery is loaded with historic graves and there are signs that explain the role of the people in history whose remains are buried there. We had a guided tour where the guide explained everything in detail and you could... More 

3 Thank Shawn H
Redlands, California
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Reviewed 24 April 2016

Old Swedes is a beautiful old church, built in 1699 by Swedish immigrants, that still retains much of what it was all those years ago. The cemetery has 44 Revolutionary War veterans buried in it, a Secretary of State under President Grover Cleveland and four U.S. Senators. For minimal cost, $5 per person, you can get a personal guided tour... More 

1 Thank Robert C
Wilmington, Delaware
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Reviewed 16 March 2016

The Santa Lucia Program was excellent. It was a womderful way to celebrate the Advent season.The young people in the program sang carols in Swedish. Two teens played the violin beautifully. The music was very inspiring.

Thank pandabio
Frederick, Maryland
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Reviewed 3 January 2016

One the most fascinating and informative tours I have ever had. Our tour guide was a graduate student in archaeology and anthropology...excited about what she was sharing and made it relevant...would return...I believe it cost $5 per person to take the tour, but you copuld walk around the church and cemetery for free...

5 Thank Smokeynav
newark, de
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Reviewed 30 November 2015

We went to a Ghost Walk there and were surprised that it was not about ghostly happenings at the church, but historical walk on early Wilmington. Re-enactors would pop up at certain graves and tell about their lives and their impact on the times. It was very interesting. We learned a lot and even Googled different people to learn more.... More 

3 Thank xiolung
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Reviewed 21 October 2015 via mobile

We were going to skip the tour, just take a quick photo and stroll around the cemetery for a few minutes. I'm so glad the hostess talked us into taking the tour. Our guide had great stories of the people who establish this colony and this church building. It was totally worth the time and price of admission. highly recommend... More 

2 Thank Jim U

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