There Are More Than 80 Historic Buildings In This Special Delaware Town

One of the most fascinating places in Delaware is the historic town of Odessa, where there are over 80 buildings preserved in a National Historic District. The town itself dates back to the 1700s, when it was an important port town on the Appoquinimink Creek. At that time, it was known as Cantwell’s Bridge. By the time the railroad made its way through the state, bypassing Cantwell’s Bridge for the more centrally located Middletown, residents were feeling the effect of reduced ship travel. In an effort to revive their town, they renamed it Odessa, hoping to bring to mind the majestic Ukranian port city.

Though it is no longer a logistics hub, the well preserved historic district is worth a day trip, no matter how far you may have to travel.

We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life as we all practice social and physical distancing. While we’re continuing to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, we don’t expect or encourage you to go check them out immediately. We believe that supporting local attractions is important now more than ever and we hope our articles inspire your future adventures! And on that note, please nominate your favorite local business that could use some love right now:

To learn more about the history of Cantwell’s Bridge and how it became Odessa, read This Old Port Town In Delaware Has A Fascinating History. If you want to learn more about Cantwell’s Tavern, check out The Timeless Delaware Restaurant Everyone Needs To Visit At Least Once.