“To my surprise, I soon found myself in the pleasantest spot I ever saw in New Castle County, below Appoquinimink Creek … the land rises into gentle eminences, is very good, and affords situations that appear to be healthy.”
- John Dickinson, May 13, 1789
Known in the 18th-century as Cantwell’s Bridge, Odessa played a vital role in commercial life along the Delaware River as a busy grain shipping port. Today, you can stroll along tree-lined streets and admire examples of 18th- and 19th-century architecture in one of the best-preserved towns in Delaware. You can tour a remarkable collection of antiques and Americana preserved in period room settings and quaint exhibits.
The Historic Houses of Odessa will be open Monday through Friday the week of 12/26–12/31.
The Historic Houses of Odessa are open to the public March through December, Tuesday through Saturday, 10 AM – 4:30 PM and Sunday 1 PM – 4:30 PM, Monday by reservation.
The Historic Houses of Odessa are closed January and February, Easter, Independence Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.