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Historic Odessa Foundation

201 Main St, Odessa, DE 19730-2007
+1 302-378-4119
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Lovely visit to historic Odessa

This is a must-see corner of the world to understand and appreciate period homes and gardens. The... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
BotticelliDiva
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Philadelphia
Christmas Candlelight Tour

Our docent provided a wonderful tour and was extremely knowledgeable. I enjoyed the tour of homes... read more

Reviewed 29 December 2017
DJF1958
,
North Carolina
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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.
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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201 Main St, Odessa, DE 19730-2007
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Reviewed 1 week ago

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.

Thank BotticelliDiva
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Reviewed 29 December 2017 via mobile

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.

Thank DJF1958
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Reviewed 10 September 2017 via mobile

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

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Reviewed 5 September 2017

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...More

Thank BillF20639
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Reviewed 4 March 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.

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Reviewed 30 December 2016

We took a tour of three historic houses sponsored by the Historic Odessa Foundation. The tour itself was $10 for three houses and that certainly was worth the money. The first two houses the tour guide talked about the history of the house and the...More

Thank ephyfe
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Reviewed 9 September 2016

I had my second visit here last weekend. The historical house (3 of them) tour is wonderful...nice detail on family life back in the 18th c. Glad the society is taking such good care of the homes and adding special events through the year. Check...More

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Reviewed 4 July 2016

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...More

Thank HappyTraveler2007
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Reviewed 24 May 2016 via mobile

This is a little out of the way, but we'll worth the visit! The guides were incredible in their knowledge and humour. In addition they wanted to share their knowledge with us, the visiting public. We went through three houses from the 1700's which are...More

Thank Shawn H
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Reviewed 13 May 2016

Always love to come here and visit the Historic homes of Odessa, Delaware. Stately and beautiful the homes and gardens are like going back in time.

Thank Paul S
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