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!
Learn about the circumstances that led to the important gift of the six piece American coin silver tea service from a direct descendant of the original owners William Fisher Corbit and Rhoda Davis Corbit through this presentation given by the Historic Odessa Foundation’s Associate Curator. Discover this new acquisition on view on the parlor tea table of the National Historic Landmark Corbit-Sharp House and ascertain its history and family connections. This gift will certainly become one of the HOF’s most treasured artifacts.
Corbit-Sharp House 1940s Meeting Room
The Historic Odessa Foundation is pleased to announce As Precious as Gold: A History of Tea Caddies from The Bramble Collection, a temporary exhibition that includes 18th and 19th century tea caddies from the vast Bramble collection, opening on April 3, and continuing through August 26, 2018. The collection was built over two generations and features more than 400 examples, spanning the period from 1700 to the present.
Take a quick tour of the Houses of Historic Odessa.