Old Swedes Church

In 1699, Swedish and Finnish settlers finished building what is now called the Old Swedes Church in Wilmington, Delaware, and just a short walk from Fort Christina. Much of the original church stands today and is celebrated as the oldest church in America still used for worship.The church has preserved records of life of early settlers and many are buried at the graveyard on site.


 
Gravestones surround a path leading up to Old Swedes Church.
 

Learn and Explore


Things To Do

Today, visitors can enjoy a tour of the burial grounds and learn who the stories of some of the individuals buried on site, take their turn in ringing the church bell, or attend public events such as: Pirate Fest, Festival at The Fort, Ghost Tours and Holiday Celebrations.

Fees & Passes

There is no fee to visit Fort Christina, but Old Swedes Church and the Kalmar Nyckel Foundation do charge a small fee. 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
Passes are $8 for a single pass, or $25 for a family of four.

Hours of Operation

  • March:
    Wednesday - Friday: 1:00p.m.-4p.m.
    Saturday: 10:00a.m.-4:00p.m.
    Morning tours are available by appointment only.
  • April through December:
    Wednesday - Saturday: 10:00a.m.-4:00p.m.
  • January & February:
    By appointment only.
  • Special Closures:
    December 24th - December 26th
    New Years Day
    Independence Day 
    Thanksgiving Day and the day after

Location

606 N. Church Street, Wilmington DE, 19801

Contact Information

This site is interpreted by our partners at the Old Swedes Foundation. For questions regarding tours, special programs, or hours please visit their website or call them at: (302) 652-5629

Last updated: November 30, 2018

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

New Castle Court House Museum
Attn: First State NHP
211 Delaware Street

New Castle, DE 19720

Phone:

(302) 544-6363
This phone number is not staffed. You can leave a message on the park's main phone number (302-544-6363) and we will return your call as soon as possible. If you are visiting one of the seven sites, and need specific information, please refer to the "Places to Go" page for phone numbers and addresses of each site.

Contact Us

Tools