News & Press

Oct 21, 2017 10:00AM to Apr 8, 2018 4:30PM

Mapping America 1570-1916: The H. Rodney Sharp Map Collection

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.

Oct 13, 2017 7:30PM

Shakespeare, Poe & Friends: A Night of Readings from the Dark Side

Delaware Shakespeare Festival returns to a world of specters and spirits this October with two performances of “Shakespeare, Poe & Friends: A Night of Readings from the Dark Side,” at Historic Odessa's Stone Stable.

Sep 27, 2017 4:30PM to 5:00PM

Walking Club Wednesday

Join us every Wednesday to walk a mile in Odessa and see the sights! All are welcome; please meet at the Visitors Center!

Sep 9, 2017 12:00PM to 6:00PM

4th Annual Odessa Brewfest

The annual Odessa Brewfest comes to historic Odessa on Saturday, September 9th, 2017. All attendees have access to food & merchandise vendors, live bands, sponsor tables, and more! Your ticket to the Odessa Brewfest gets you unlimited sampling of beer during the full duration of the festival.

Sep 1, 2017 12:00PM

School Program Workshop: School Days

History Comes Alive! The Historic Odessa Foundation’s school program offers educators a well-documented, interactive and hands-on sampler of 18th century life in colonial Delaware. Although designed specifically with Delaware teachers in mind, our program is broad enough to accommodate school from other states, homeschoolers, youth organizations and summer camps.

Dec 6, 2017 4:30PM

By Reservation: Storybook Time (Older Children) Dec 6, 2017

Join the Historic Odessa Foundation as we read excerpts from poem.  Then, see the story come to life as we tour our holiday exhibit after decorating delicious holiday cookies. 

Aug 16, 2017 6:00PM

Artist Reception & Demonstration: Capturing the Light

Plan to meet the acclaimed Delaware artist, Denise Dumont at her exhibition of luminous Delmarva paintings at the Historic Odessa Foundation. This event is held in conjunction with the painting exhibit, Capturing the Light: Landscapes of the Delmarva and Beyond

Nov 4, 2017 10:00AM

Historic Craft Series: Basket Making - SOLD OUT!

Learn how to weave an amazing basket with one of Delaware’s master basket makers, Sherry Pie. Sherry will instruct participants all they need to know while experiencing this hands-on historic craft.

This Hostess Basket is the perfect size for entertaining at 10” around and 4” high. The simple but elegant use of smoked and natural round reed is sure to fetch compliments from your company. The base will be partially done in advance of the class.

Collins-Sharp House, 2nd & High Street

Free Brewfest Tickets for New HOF Members!

Don't miss out on this amazing, one-time offer! Become a Historic Odessa Contributor Member to support the preservation efforts of the homes, grounds, collections and colonial legacy of Odessa, Delaware. Not only will you be part of conserving Odessa's storied history, but also you'll receive a free ticket to the 4th Annual Odessa Brewfest on September 9, 2017.

Jul 25, 2017 10:00AM to Oct 15, 2017 4:30PM

Exhibition: Capturing Light: Landscapes of the Delmarva and Beyond

From the rolling dunes of Cape Henlopen State Park and Cape Cod National Seashore to the industrial buildings surrounding Baltimore Harbor, this selection of paintings by Denise Dumont reflect the artist’s view of the landscape of the Delmarva Peninsula and beyond.

May 21, 2017 1:30PM to 3:00PM

How Does Your Garden Grow?

Kitchen gardens were an essential part of daily life in historic Odessa.  Walk through the Collins-Sharp garden and explore the wide range of plants which were cultivated for use in cooking, medicines and even the cleaning bucket.  Gather herbs and flowers to create your own 18th century sachet. 

Cost is $5 for each participant/free to members. 

May 27, 2017 5:00PM to 9:00PM

Cantwell's Tavern Outdoor Summer Series: Patio Party

The Cantwell's Tavern Patio Party is back! On Saturday, May 27, you can enjoy grilling on the patio with special menu at Cantwell's Tavern and a Tap Takeover by Mispillion Brewing Co. There will also be live music for you to enjoy from 5 - 8pm.