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.
Old Swedes Church
Learn and Explore
Things To DoToday, 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 & PassesThere 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
Location606 N. Church Street, Wilmington DE, 19801
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: March 26, 2018