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Address: 201 Main St, Odessa, DE 19730-2007
Phone Number:
+1 302-378-4119
10:00 - 16:30
Closed now
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Sun 13:00 - 16:30
Tue - Sat 10:00 - 16:30
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

Welcome to the tranquil village of Odessa, in colonial times, a busy grain...

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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A snapshot in time

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.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
Julie B
Severna Park, Maryland
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Severna Park, Maryland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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.

Thank Julie B
Wilmington, Delaware
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 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 items in it. The third house had an exhibit called the Nutcracker and The Mouse... More 

Thank ephyfe
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 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 out the GREAT Cantwells's Tavern and Restaurant...very good food..and if you still have time...take the... More 

Thank dra1111doggys
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 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 with fun things to pull out at different points along the way - $18 for... More 

Thank HappyTraveler2007
Alexandria Bay, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 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 painstakingly restored and well kept. We asked lots of questions and our guides did not... More 

Thank Shawn H
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 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
New York City, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 April 2016

Please do not repeat my mistake: I was there on a Monday and the Historical Society conducting free tours was closed. We walked around and took photos, but from what we saw, most of the historical houses had signs “Private” which makes it highly unlikely to be open for visits. We had drinks at Cantwell's Tavern (separate review) and decided... More 

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Hartly, Delaware, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2015

These are some truly beautiful homes. It's great to just walk up and down the street to just admire the historic nature of the homes and the exquisite architecture of the federalist period.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2015

What a charming town. They've made a effort to conserve the historic atmosphere and it worked. The town has about 350 residents and is easily walkable.

1 Thank Sue in reho K
Cape Coral, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 September 2015

Very interesting quaint little town with lots of history. There is a fine restaurant with good food in what used to be an old hotel on the main st

1 Thank Peteo72

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