News & Press

Oct 10, 2020 10:00AM to 4:00PM

Saturdays at the Hearth: Fall's Bounty

Explore the Collins-Sharp House with your guide as our costumed interpreters capture the sights and flavors of authentic 18th century cooking.  Savor the sights and aromas of dishes cooked over an open fire using the tools, recipes and techniques common in colonial Odessa. We’ll focus our cooking today on the use of fall crops. 

Admission is included in the general tour.

Sep 22, 2020 9:00AM

Fall Homeschool Day

Join us for a school tour designed just for homeschoolers. Take your family back in time to explore the 18th century in colonial Odessa. Our tour offers a unique and well-documented picture of early American life, with interactive, hands-on educational workshops.

Sep 19, 2020 10:00AM to 4:00PM

Saturdays at the Hearth: Preserving Summer's Bounty

Explore the Collins-Sharp House with your guide as our costumed interpreters capture the sights and flavors of authentic 18th century cooking.  Savor the sights and aromas of dishes cooked over an open fire using the tools, recipes and techniques common in colonial Odessa.  We’ll focus our cooking today on using preserved foods. 

Admission is included in the general tour.

Sep 18, 2020 10:00AM

2020 Storybook Trees Registration Ends November 6th

Historic Odessa Foundation celebrates children’s literature and a love of reading by showcasing holiday trees decorated by community and school groups in the National Historic Register Corbit-Sharp House.  The exhibit will run from November 17th  through  December 30th and will be open as part of “Christmas In Odessa” on December 5.  Storybook trees registration forms go out to former participants and local schools/daycares and youth groups.  Forms will also be available to the general public at the HOF Visitors Center and on the HOF website.

May 9, 2020 10:00AM to 4:00PM

Saturdays at the Hearth: Fresh from the Garden

Explore the Collins-Sharp House with your guide as our costumed interpreters capture the sights and flavors of authentic 18th century cooking.  Savor the sights and aromas of dishes cooked over an open fire using the tools, recipes and techniques common in colonial Odessa.  We’ll focus our cooking today on crops growing in our kitchen garden. 

Mar 10, 2020 10:00AM to 4:00PM

HOF Celebrates Harriet Tubman Day

Celebrate Harriet Tubman Day by visiting our National Park Service Network to Freedom exhibit, “Freedom Seekers: the Odessa Story”.  Join our docents from 10am to 4pm as they follow in the footsteps of Sam, a fugitive slave from Maryland who was given refuge in the Corbit-Sharp House.

Nov 10, 2020 6:00PM

Show & Tell: Bring an Object, Share Its Story

Do you own a special object that has a fascinating history, or is a family heirloom?  Do you collect objects with a passion and love telling their stories?  Do you want to learn more about objects in the museum’s collection?  If so, then come be a part of our “curiosity cabinet of discoveries” where individuals (suggested age - 10 years and up) are invited to bring an object and share its story.  If your object could talk, what would it say?  Remember the fond memories of your school days show and tell experiences?

Sep 8, 2020 6:00PM

Show & Tell: Bring an Object, Share Its Story

Do you own a special object that has a fascinating history, or is a family heirloom?  Do you collect objects with a passion and love telling their stories?  Do you want to learn more about objects in the museum’s collection?  If so, then come be a part of our “curiosity cabinet of discoveries” where individuals (suggested age - 10 years and up) are invited to bring an object and share its story.  If your object could talk, what would it say?  Remember the fond memories of your school days show and tell experiences?

Jul 14, 2020 6:00PM

Show & Tell: Bring an Object, Share Its Story

Do you own a special object that has a fascinating history, or is a family heirloom?  Do you collect objects with a passion and love telling their stories?  Do you want to learn more about objects in the museum’s collection?  If so, then come be a part of our “curiosity cabinet of discoveries” where individuals (suggested age - 10 years and up) are invited to bring an object and share its story.  If your object could talk, what would it say?  Remember the fond memories of your school days show and tell experiences?

May 12, 2020 6:00PM

Show & Tell: Bring an Object, Share Its Story

Do you own a special object that has a fascinating history, or is a family heirloom?  Do you collect objects with a passion and love telling their stories?  Do you want to learn more about objects in the museum’s collection?  If so, then come be a part of our “curiosity cabinet of discoveries” where individuals (suggested age - 10 years and up) are invited to bring an object and share its story.  If your object could talk, what would it say?  Remember the fond memories of your school days show and tell experiences?

Mar 10, 2020 6:00PM

Show & Tell: Bring an Object, Share Its Story

Do you own a special object that has a fascinating history, or is a family heirloom?  Do you collect objects with a passion and love telling their stories?  Do you want to learn more about objects in the museum’s collection?  If so, then come be a part of our “curiosity cabinet of discoveries” where individuals (suggested age - 10 years and up) are invited to bring an object and share its story.  If your object could talk, what would it say?  Remember the fond memories of your school days show and tell experiences?

Jan 29, 2020 1:30PM

Behind the Scenes: Conservation Internship Program

H. Rodney Sharp (1880-1968), newly graduated from Delaware College (now the University of Delaware), came to Odessa in 1900 to teach at the Academy, a three room brick schoolhouse on Main Street at the corner of Third Street.  He first roomed at the 1822 hotel-tavern, now Cantwells Tavern, and later had rooms in a private home.  He became friends with Daniel Wheeler Corbit and often visited his mansion, a National Historic Landmark. Though Mr. Sharp left Odessa in 1903 to work for E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Company, his appreciation for the town of Odessa prompted his restoration of many of its historic houses, and his interest in education continued throughout his life.