Historic Odessa Foundation

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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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Robert M
Bowie, MD43 contributions
Holiday Walking Tour of Historic Odessa, Delaware
Dec 2020
Recently, I had an opportunity to take part in a candlelight holiday walking tour of the historic properties in Odessa, DE. The town is located just east of Middletown near the banks of the Appoquinimink River. Originally called Cantwell's Bridge, the historic district encompasses several homes, outbuildings, ornamental gardens, a former bank, stagecoach stop, and a tavern/inn still in use. All the structures have been restored, and are owned and managed by the Historic Odessa Foundation. The homes include original and period furnishings/decor. Our guide was very friendly and knowledgeable, infusing snippets/vignettes about the families, architecture, and local history as part of our tour. The tour began at the fieldstone stable, located directly behind the Wilson-Warner House, one of the three historic homes on the walk. The weather was a real plus on the day of our evening tour...temperature was in the mid-50s for early December...refreshing! All of the structures were outfitted in white lights; the entryways/doors festooned with evergreens, wreaths, and seasonal flora; with candles in the windows. Because of the viral outbreak, the outside candlelight tour supplanted the traditional holiday programs/demonstrations conducted inside the historic buildings. Normally, the properties would not be decorated with outdoor lights, but this was part of the Foundation's effort to provide a worthwhile/meaningful alternative to its holiday fare, given the COVID restrictions/protocols in force. One of the more significant outbuildings...the Muskrat shed...showcases an African-American exhibit/collection of materials on the Harriet Tubman Byway, of which Odessa was among one of the points on the Underground Railroad. The Muskrat shed, along with the Corbit-Sharp House, were harbors of refuge to runaways headed north. Other noteworthy stops on our path included the herb/spice house and the Collins-Sharp House, home to hearth cooking/baking/culinary demonstrations. Our tour ended at Cantwell's Tavern, a former stagecoach stop, and still in use as a dining establishment. Our package included a complimentary beverage, redeemable at the Inn, at the conclusion of the tour. Walking tours take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays in December, at 5:30 and 6:30 p.m., lasting about 45-50 minutes. Cost of the tour is $15 per person. Reservations are required. Information about the holiday walking tour package can be found on the Historic Odessa Foundation website. Five stars for this holiday outing.
Written December 6, 2020
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JohnBCowgill
Washington DC, DC797 contributions
Off the Beaten Path Treasure.
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, DC797 contributions
A Hidden Treasure
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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bkmnedwards1
Glenside, PA140 contributions
Friendly and knowledgeable
Dec 2019
We did not plan this stop but were glad we made the time. We had a nice tour sprinkled with history. We visited home with Christmas trees decorated by local school children.
Written December 15, 2019
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lovetotrav0
Cresskill, New Jersey147 contributions
frozen in time
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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BotticelliDiva
Secaucus, NJ91 contributions
Lovely visit to historic Odessa
Jul 2018 • Couples
This is a must-see corner of the world to understand and appreciate period homes and gardens. The project is meticulously cared-for and beloved by the local citizens.
Written July 9, 2018
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Thank you so much for your kind words of appreciation.
Written September 15, 2018
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DJF1958
North Carolina213 contributions
Christmas Candlelight Tour
Dec 2017 • Couples
Our docent provided a wonderful tour and was extremely knowledgeable. I enjoyed the tour of homes and the insights of our docent into that period of history.
Written December 28, 2017
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Come on back for Chrismas 2018. We'd love to have you.
Written September 15, 2018
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Starviagera
The Villages, FL1,651 contributions
Old homes
Sep 2017 • Couples
Old homes and their stories are always fun. We had a nice man for our tour guide I forgot his name but he was 80 something
Written September 9, 2017
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We have many great volunteers to guide your experience in Odessa. Check out our website - maybe photos and stories will jog your memory. https://www.historicodessa.org/news/volunteer-of-the-month
Written September 15, 2018
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BillF20639
Lusby, MD83 contributions
Restored homes are a hidden gem!
Sep 2017 • Couples
These restored 18th century homes of historic Odessa are well worth a visit. They range from a basic cottage to a huge manor house, furnished with many original pieces. Thanks to the small number of visitors (just my wife and I in our group) our tour was detailed and very personal. This gave us an impression of the distinctive Quaker culture of the colonial and Federal periods and their role in the Underground Railroad. Beautiful gardens on the shore of the Appoquinimink River were past their prime in September, but should be perfect from late spring through mid-summer. Holiday seasons including Christmas bring special programs. Check in advance for days and times of tours.
Written September 4, 2017
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Thank you Bill for the wonderful review and information about Historic Odessa.
Written September 15, 2018
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Julie B
Severna Park, MD15 contributions
A snapshot in time
Mar 2017
I visited Odessa. I found it to be very interesting. The Docent was interesting. Each house told a story of young America and the people who lived during those time periods.
Written March 3, 2017
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Thank you Julie. Please come visit us again. Christmas is a great time to return.
Written September 15, 2018
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