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!
Admire the imaginative artwork created by the talented Advanced Placement Art Students of Middletown High School. The Historic Odessa Foundation is proud to showcase the student’s artwork at the Visitor's Center Gallery from April 13 through April 29, 2018.
H. Rodney Sharp collected maps and displayed them in his home, “Gibraltar”, in Wilmington. His particular interest focused on North America and the mid-Atlantic region, and many of these maps were acquired by reference to 18th century William Corbit inventories for display in the National Historic Landmark Corbit-Sharp house restored by Mr. Sharp.
Take a quick tour of the Houses of Historic Odessa.