It was here, along the banks of the Christina River over 375 years ago, that the first Swedish and Finnish American settlers aboard the Kalmar Nyckel and the Fogel Grip landed and settled the first American Swedish colony, New Sweden. Fort Christina was quickly built and named for the Queen of Sweden at the time. The wharf of rocks that was the site of the first landing remains, however, some believe archeological digs at the site could uncover much more.
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Things To Do
Today, from Memorial Day to Labor Day, visitors can take a tour of the site and learn about the unique history, have a picnic on the grass, fish near the rocks of the original landing of the Swedish or attend public events such as: Pirate Fest and Festival at The Fort.
Fees & PassesThere is no fee to visit Fort Christina, but Old Swedes Church and the Kalmar Nyckel Foundation do charge a small fee for tours. Together, these three sites beautifully illustrate the founding of the New Sweden colony. If you are interested in visiting all three sites you can purchase a Christina Cultural Trail Pass. The pass can be purchased at Old Swedes Church, or the Kalmar Nyckel Foundation. If you only want to visit Fort Christina there is no fee for tours.
3-for-1 Christina Cultural Trail Pass
1110 East 7th Street, Wilmington, DE 19801
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Last updated: March 22, 2018