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Old Swedes Church

606 N Church St, Wilmington, DE 19801-4421
+1 302-652-5629
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I had the exact same experience as the reviewer Sarah from Sept. 3rd. I SHOULD HAVE LISTENED TO... read more

Reviewed 15 October 2017
Indianapolis, Indiana
One of the earliest continuously operating Protestant churches in the United States

Old Swedes was founded by the first settlers of what is now Wilmington, Delaware. It is near the... read more

Reviewed 3 October 2017
Wilmington, Delaware
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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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606 N Church St, Wilmington, DE 19801-4421
+1 302-652-5629
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Reviewed 15 October 2017

I had the exact same experience as the reviewer Sarah from Sept. 3rd. I SHOULD HAVE LISTENED TO YOU!!! I can not say this firm enough.... DO... NOT... COME... HERE!!! 1. IT IS IN A HORRIBLE GHETTO NEIGHBORHOOD. 2. Fun fact: IT"S NEXT DOOR TO...More

1  Thank mrjim7
Reviewed 3 October 2017

Old Swedes was founded by the first settlers of what is now Wilmington, Delaware. It is near the river where the first settlers arrived and began a community. It is a beautiful small church with many fine features, including a Tiffany stained glass window in...More

Thank richardcarvel
Reviewed 4 September 2017

Well I can only speak for myself, but I enjoy these types of places. The church has history dripping from the steeple to the basement. Personally, I love the cemetary because when you wander around, the gravestones tell it all; some so old, they are...More

Thank danielsmd1972
Reviewed 4 September 2017

So we tried to stop here and tour the grounds only to be disappointed. We pulled into the very obscure parking lot (very little signage and no indication of its affiliation with the NPS) and followed the sign which read "open" only to find the...More

1  Thank Sarah C
Reviewed 19 May 2017

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
Reviewed 12 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
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
Reviewed 30 June 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 -...More

1  Thank Drew and B M
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....More

3  Thank Shawn H
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...More

1  Thank Robert C
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