18th Century Life
Five historic houses. Nearly 30 acres of surrounding property, outbuildings, and gardens. An outstanding private collection of household furnishings, fine and decorative arts. And programs and tours that bring this 18th-century enclave to life, all year long. Learn More »
Rita & George Ryor, Historic Odessa volunteers, began their partnership in 1960 in Michigan. They arrived in Middletown, Delaware in 2005… via Dalgren Virginia, Bowie Maryland, Morristown, NJ, and finally Smithville. Rita was a Teacher/Librarian and George was a computer programmer…although he now is considered woodworker extraordinaire by everyone here at the Foundation!
The annual Odessa Brewfest comes to historic Odessa on Saturday, September 9th, 2017. All attendees have access to food & merchandise vendors, live bands, sponsor tables, and more! Your ticket to the Odessa Brewfest gets you unlimited sampling of beer during the full duration of the festival.
History Comes Alive! The Historic Odessa Foundation’s school program offers educators a well-documented, interactive and hands-on sampler of 18th century life in colonial Delaware. Although designed specifically with Delaware teachers in mind, our program is broad enough to accommodate school from other states, homeschoolers, youth organizations and summer camps.
Take a quick tour of the Houses of Historic Odessa.