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Image Credit: G. W. Janvier, A View at Appoquinimink, State of Delaware, watercolor on paper, 1805–20. Historic Odessa Foundation, museum

Historic Odessa Foundation

201 Main Street

Odessa, Delaware 19730

Historic Odessa is open to the public now through December, Tuesday through Saturday, 10 AM – 4:30 PM and Sunday 1 PM – 4:30 PM, Monday by reservation.

Historic Odessa is closed Easter, Independence Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

Of Interest: Entrance Door Corbit-Sharp House

Georgian houses displayed a strict symmetry with a paneled door as a centerpiece capped by an elaborate crown or pediment. The decorative crown (entablature) and fanlight transom window are indications of the Corbit’s wealth.

~Excerpt from Historic Odessa Foundation website

Welcome to the tranquil village of Odessa, in colonial times, a busy grain shipping port known as Cantwell’s Bridge. Stroll its tree-lined streets. Tour the beautifully restored 18th and 19th-century houses. Wander through picturesque gardens. Dine at the historic Cantwell’s Tavern, welcoming guests just as it did nearly 200 years ago.

Feel free to explore our five buildings, nearly 30 acres of surrounding landscape, outbuildings and gardens. Don’t miss an outstanding collection of household furnishings, fine and decorative arts. Many pieces of original family furniture made by prominent Delaware cabinetmakers of the 18th century; the collections include major works of regional paintings, prints, textiles, silver, pewter, and other metals. The Foundation’s collection is steeped in Delaware history and rich in the finest examples of mid-Atlantic craftsmanship.

Tour Delaware history

Enjoy tours that bring the 18th-century village of Odessa to life all year long and a rich array of programs for individuals and families.

~Lectures, workshops, object identification clinics

~18th-century hearth-cooking demonstrations

~Annual events, including the Easter Egg Hunt and Odessa Brewfest

~December Holiday Tour, featuring a new theme each year and candlelight evenings

Historic Delaware: Tour Period Homes

Properties managed by the organization include the 1769 Wilson-Warner House, 1700 Collins-Sharp House, 1822 Cantwell’s Tavern, and 1853 Odessa Bank.

Tours are given from March through December.

Grounds and Gardens:

Our History at Home activities offer teachers, parents and students a chance to learn about history independently:

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Image Credits: unless otherwise noted

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