Old Swedes Church

Old Swedes Church
A small path leading to Old Swedes Church surrounded by historic grave stones.

NPS

Site Description

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.

Hours of Operation

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

Fees & Passes

There is no fee to visit Fort Christina, but Old Swedes Church and the Kalamar 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 passes 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.

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: May 24, 2017

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

New Castle Court House Museum
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.

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