Our History

The Historic Odessa Foundation exists to preserve and encourage the use of its historic buildings by the general public, students, and scholars in order to learn and appreciate the history, architecture, daily life, and furnishings of Delaware's colonial period with the anticipation that this process will contribute to the quality of life in the town of Odessa and the region.

The Historic Odessa Foundation became incorporated in January 2005, and the property and collections were transferred from their former owner, Winterthur, to the foundation in April 2005. The site officially re-opened to the public on December 3, 2005.