About Us

Welcome to the tranquil village of Odessa, in colonial times, a busy grain shipping port known as Cantwell's Bridge. Stroll its tree-lined streets. Tour the beautifully restored 18th and 19th-century houses. Wander through picturesque gardens. Dine at the historic Cantwell's Tavern, welcoming guests just as it did nearly 200 years ago.

Feel free to explore our five buildings, nearly 30 acres of surrounding landscape, outbuildings and gardens. Don't miss an outstanding collection of household furnishings, fine and decorative arts. Many pieces of original family furniture made by prominent Delaware cabinetmakers of the 18th century; the collections include major works of regional paintings, prints, textiles, silver, pewter, and other metals. The Foundation's collection is steeped in Delaware history and rich in the finest examples of mid-Atlantic craftsmanship.

Tour Delaware history

Enjoy tours that bring the 18th-century village of Odessa to life all year long and a rich array of programs for individuals and families.

  • Lectures, workshops, object identification clinics
  • 18th-century hearth-cooking demonstrations
  • Annual events, including the Easter Egg Hunt and Odessa Brewfest
  • December Holiday Tour, featuring a new theme each year and candlelight evenings

You'll want to return again and again!