Delaware February 19, 2018
8 Places Where You Can Still Experience Old Delaware
Delaware is a state that’s proud of its history – that’s why so much of it is still on display! If you’re feeling particularly patriotic, there are a handful of spots in the state where you can really experience Old Delaware – it’s like stepping back in time! How many of these places have you visited?
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:
1. Jessop's Tavern, New Castle
Walk int Jessop's Tavern and walk back into the 1600s! The wait staff are dressed in Colonial clothing, the food they serve is what our founding fathers used to eat, and the decor is purely early-American tavern. There's no better experience in Delaware than a meal here, and it will really take you away from your busy modern life.
Address: 114 Delaware Street, New Castle, DE
2. New Castle Courthouse, New Castle
The New Castle Courthouse was the center of Delaware politics from time it was built in 1732.
Delaware declared independence here - from both Philadelphia and England - and the courthouse was a stop on the Underground Railroad. Now, it's home to one of the best museums in the state.
Address: 211 Delaware St., New Castle, DE 19720
3. Historic Odessa
The entire town of Odessa is on the National Register of Historic Places! These 18th century buildings, homes, and restaurants form one of the most charming historic districts you'll ever find. Dine at Cantwell's Tavern or tour the homes when they open up for the holidays.
4. John Dickinson Plantation
The John Dickinson Plantation was a popular field trip destination for all of us in school - but have you been back as an adult? Dickinson himself was considered the "Penman of the Revolution," and his estate shows off plenty of history regarding the founding of our country and life in the 1700s.
Address: 340 Kitts Hummock Road, Dover, DE 19901
5. First State Heritage Park
First State Heritage Park is a collection of sites that celebrate the early history of Delaware. There are interactive exhibits throughout the state, and they host festivals throughout the year. Visit the First State Heritage Park Welcome Center to find more, and keep an eye on their website,
for the event calendar.
6. Fort Delaware
Visit for a reenactment, one of their history days, or on a normal day. You'll feel like you're back in the Civil War era, totally removed from modern day life.
45 Clinton Street,
Delaware City, DE
7. Dover State House & The Green
Walking through The Green and visiting the Dover State House is a great way to experience old Delaware. You can take guided walking tours or just explore on your own - there's so much history to be found.
Address: The Green, Dover, DE
8. Historic New Castle
Historic New Castle is as close to a time machine as you'll find anywhere. Visit the Amstel House, stroll the Green, and see how many statues and historic markers you can find. There are dozens!
If you’re only able to visit one spot on this list, make it Jessop’s Tavern. This historic, 300 year old building is home to
One of the Most Unique Restaurants In America, and it is SO worth a visit.