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“Great slice of history.”

Historic Odessa Foundation
Ranked #1 of 2 things to do in Odessa
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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. Open March - December; January and February by reservation.
Reviewed April 6, 2013 via mobile

Excellent tour of 3 homes during the Federal style era. A good tour guide took us thru the homes in a relaxed manner. There is nothing else to do in Odessa except a meal in the restaurant but its worth the trip.

Thank Lynne S
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Reviewed March 21, 2013

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!

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Reviewed November 24, 2012

Took the tour a few days before the annual xmas tour. However, the houses were decorated. My daughter and I were the only ones on the tour. Our guide was excellent, presented info with facts and local color. This tiny town tucked away in Delaward is a jewel, as is the Tavern where we had a gourmet lunch!!! I will come back again when it is warmer and walk the town which has many lovely houses!

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Reviewed September 22, 2012

My wife and I visited Odessa, DE for the first time last week and found the historic area to be charming and very interesting. We toured the Historic Houses of Odessa and were pleasantly surprised at the quality of restoration of the buildings and the detail of the tour information. We visited three restored houses with a docent, who was friendly and very knowledgeable. The two other Historic Houses of Odessa were the restored bank building that serves as the welcome center and Cantwells' Tavern that is a restored and operating restaurant. The tour was very worthwhile and interesting.

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Reviewed December 21, 2011

Current Tasha Tudor Christmas Tour exceeded my expectations. They have woven together the historic homes, museum pieces, children's books and Christmas story to create a magical fascinating room by room adventure that will entertain adults, children and yes, even men. The whole town of Odessa is part of the tour - you move from house to house and you can top it off with lunch at the newly opened tavern in the Brick Hotel, which sits on the corner - "Cantwell's Tavern"

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