Historic Odessa Foundation
Historic Odessa Foundation
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Established in 2005, the Historic Odessa Foundation owns and operates The Historic Houses of Odessa, a 72-acre enclave of 18th and 19th century structures located in the town of Odessa, just two miles from DE 1 and just off U.S. Route 13 in southern New Castle County, Del. The historic buildings and gardens along with a well-documented collection of more than 7000 objects and furnishings offer a unique picture of Delaware’s colonial period in a rural village that played a vital part in America’s commercial history. The original town of Odessa, originally known as Cantwell’s Bridge, has retained much of its 18th century charm and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and home to a National Historic Landmark, and two National Park Service Network to Freedom sites.
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Northern_Traveler00
California65,656 contributions
Oct 2021
We were meeting friends for dinner nearby and were early so went into the museum to see the art exhibit. Volunteer "working" there was seated and engaged with her phone, never looked up to see us but it was easy to self tour. Nice works of art, lots of wildlife paintings. Would have been nice to be able to ask questions.
Written October 16, 2021
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Alicia_JA
Chicago278 contributions
Jul 2022
I had a very difficult time trying to schedule a tour of the historic homes of Odessa. I was coming from out of state and needed to get a set time scheduled. After playing phone tag, I was finally able to reach someone and schedule. When I arrived that morning for a tour, one of the staff members did not expect me. I was able to go on a tour which I enjoyed. I am happy that people care enough about these historic homes to both preserve them and share them.
Written August 4, 2022
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wildswanDelaware
Delaware598 contributions
Mar 2013 • Family
Little Delaware village of Odessa (just off Hwy. 1 enroute to beaches) boasts some wonderfully preserved homes from the 1700s, mostly right on/off Main Street and near Cantwell's Tavern, a restored, historic 'watering hole'... worth a detour!
Written March 21, 2013
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JohnBCowgill
Washington DC, DC806 contributions
Mar 2020
It is a real off of the beaten path treasure worth visiting. The tour guide was great, and there is much to learn from this place.
Written August 3, 2020
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JohnBCowgill
Washington DC, DC806 contributions
Mar 2020
Delaware is a state that has many hidden historic treasures. This is one of them. The tours were great, and I had a great tour guide. Please note that there are stairs to climb.
Written March 8, 2020
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HappyTraveler2007
Ohio39 contributions
Jul 2016 • Family
Delaware is quirky in so many ways, often thanks to DuPont money, and this is no exception. The concept is that several houses have been preserved to their 18th century grandeur. We took our kids on the family haversack tour (the kids get haversacks stuffed with fun things to pull out at different points along the way - $18 for the family, an excellent bargain). We got to do two of the houses in depth. It's a great experience for the kids to immerse them in a little history. The docent was lovely. The tavern in town is excellent. And if you're headed back north toward Wilmington, you can take a scenic drive (marred only by the nuclear power plant cooling tower) on SR9. I really cannot recommend this highly enough. Two caveats: 1) not great for kids under age five; 2) not great if your kid has no attention span.
Written July 3, 2016
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Pip1128
Dover, DE218 contributions
Dec 2013 • Couples
Lovely little historic town. You will enjoy the history and the architecture. I especially enjoy it at Christmas time. It is a nice break from the hustle and bustle. You will enjoy it! Do it!
Written May 4, 2014
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1DelawareGal
Middletown, DE56 contributions
Dec 2013 • Couples
Odessa is a quaint, beautiful town! Highly recommend a lunch or dinner at Cantwells Tavern. If you are able, do try to go to "Christmas in Odessa" the first Saturday of December each year. After 49 years, it really is a magnifect day to celebrate the start of the Christmas season. The Women's Club of Odessa does a remarkable job for this event. Private homes are open one time a year to the public for tours along with a craft fair, evergreens sale, choral program and beautiful bellringers concert. The Newark Fife and Drum Corp performs throughtout the town all day and evening. The day is filled with many wonderful events and displays. If you visit any other time of year, consider checking out a Historic House of Odessa Tour in which public buildings are open for tours certain days of the week. Small but very quaint town with so much character and beauty.
Written December 6, 2013
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epicNewYork
New York City, NY37 contributions
May 2013 • Friends
This community is an act of love. The homes are maintained with a painstaking eye to detail by a group of dedicated volunteers. So much history and so much hospitality. We fell in love with this little village and its perfectly preserved history and homes. Don't miss this hidden gem.
Written May 28, 2013
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lovetotrav0
Cresskill, New Jersey147 contributions
Jul 2018 • Couples
An intact 18th century town that . is well worth the visit. Tour is very informative and a nice tavern to eat at. Id come back at Christmas.
Written August 6, 2018
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Please do join us during the holidays. It is spectacular.
Written September 15, 2018
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