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Nov 15, 2016 10:00AM to Dec 31, 2016 4:30PM

2016 Holiday Exhibit: The Nutcracker and the Mouse King

For 200 years, E.T.A. Hoffman’s tale of The Nutcracker and The Mouse King has enchanted readers, inspired composers and dancers, and delighted audiences around the world.

Dec 5, 2016 10:00AM

Middletown Transcript Highlights 2016 Christmas in Odessa

The Middletown Transcript joined our Christmas in Odessa tours of the Polk House, Collin-Sharp, and other properties to view the festive decorations and historical demonstrations held for the holiday season.

Dec 12, 2016 6:00PM to 9:00PM

By Invitation Only: Members Holiday Party

The Board of Directors and Staff of the Historic Odessa Foundation invite you to attend the 12th Annual Member Holiday Party Monday, December 12 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. at Cantwell’s Tavern in historic Odessa, Delaware. Reservations are limited! R.S.V.P. Jennifer Cabell Kostik (302) 378-4119

Dec 1, 2016 10:00AM to 5:00PM

Christmas at Historic Odessa featured by Delaware Online

This week featured Odessa as one of the top five holiday attractions to see this November! Christmas in Odessa is a self-guided walking tour of private homes and public buildings, many dating from the 18th and 19th centuries, decorated for the holidays. 

Dec 11, 2016 2:00PM to 3:30PM

Paint Your Own Nutcracker

Join in on the holiday fun planned for the whole family by painting your own wooden nutcracker.  Design your own heirloom decoration with patience and creativity.  All the materials are included in this family workshop.  A guided tour of the Christmas exhibit, The Nutcracker and the Mouse King, at the National Historic Register Wilson Warner House will be included as inspiration for painting yo

Oct 30, 2016 2:00PM to 4:00PM

FREE: Halloween Event

Come to a fun Halloween event in historic Odessa, Del. Parade through the garden, bring a carved pumpkin for the contest and age-appropriate crafts will be held in the Wilson-Warner Stable.

Oct 4, 2016 1:30PM

HOF Featured by Stuart Clarke Photography

Stuart Clarke Photography featured the Historic Odessa Foundation as a top pick for "Historic Houses Decorated For Christmas". A total of 16 historic houses from across the United States were featured based on creative design, historical accuracy, and holiday spirit.

Nov 15, 2016 10:00AM to Dec 31, 2016 4:30PM

2016 Storybook Trees Exhibit

Interpreting works of classic literature for the holidays has been a tradition at the Historic Odessa Foundation for more than a quarter of a century.  This year, you are invited to tour the National Historic Register Wilson-Warner House as it is transformed into vignettes inspired by E.T.A.

Oct 3, 2016 10:00AM to 4:30PM

2016 Storybook Trees Registration Begins

Please join us in this festive display of over 30 trees decorated by local families, schools, and organizations showcasing books and works of children’s literature. Our Storybook trees exhibit is designed to promote reading and literacy, and is appropriate for all age groups.

Oct 1, 2016 10:00AM to Oct 31, 2016 4:30PM

HOF goes Pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month 2016

Every evening throughout the month of October the Historic Odessa Foundation’s buildings will be awash in pink light in honor of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Visitors can stop by after dusk to view the landmarks in all its pink splendor.  

Oct 14, 2016 7:30PM to 9:00PM

Shakespeare / Poe: 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: A Night of Readings from the Dark Side,” at Historic Odessa's Stone Stable.

Sep 22, 2016 12:00PM

Children: Seasonal Kitchen Garden

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.