News & Press

Mar 1, 2015 10:00AM to May 17, 2015 4:30PM

Exhibit: Historic Odessa: A Past Preserved

Discover highlights of the rich history awaiting visitors to this charming Delaware River community that flourished as a marketing hub from the mid-18th through early 19th centuries. William Corbit and David Wilson, patriarchs of two of the town’s most prosperous families, built magnificent houses and filled them with the outward trappings of their success.

Mar 1, 2015 10:00AM to 4:30PM

HOF opens for Spring!

HOF reopens for Spring tours, along with new hours!

May 18, 2015 3:30PM to 5:00PM

Volunteers: Odessa Orientation Model Training

Realize how the wonderful Corbit-Sharp House model/diorama has been restored and how it can be used as an educational tool in exploring orientation concepts related to the National Historic Landmark House.  Old photographs from the HOF collection will be shown to help interpret the 1967 scale model which is now installed in the back vestibule of the Visitor’s Center/Bank Building.  Learn how HO

Jun 4, 2015 6:00PM to 9:00PM

By Invitation: Historic Odessa Celebrates 10 Years!

The Historic Odessa Foundation has cause for celebration this year. 2015 marks the anniversary of the foundation’s incorporation in 2005, and signals a new chapter in a legacy of historic preservation that began more than a century ago with two of Odessa’s most prosperous families – the Corbits and the Wilsons. 

May 16, 2015 10:00AM to 4:30PM

FREE Tours to Veterans: Celebrating Armed Forces Day

Free tours to veterans and current military!

May 2, 2015 8:00AM to 3:00PM

HOF participates in Mayfest

HOF participates in the Corbit Calloway Memorial Library's Mayfest!

Crafts, kids games, music, petting zoo, food, local teacher pie-eating contest, gigantic raffle
Special visit with Clifford the Big Red Dog

For more information, please contact Corbit Calloway Memorial Library!


Apr 26, 2015 2:00PM to 4:00PM

FREE: Let's Go Fly a Kite: Celebrate National Kite Flying Month

Come Fly a Kite on the Lawn of the Corbit House.

You can bring your own kite and start flying or you can make one with us and see if it flies!

Photo Caption: This souvenir spoon c. 1860-1910, was made in Philadelphia and depicts Benjamin Franklin with kite in hand. From the HOF Mary Corbit Warner collection.


Apr 30, 2015 10:00AM to 3:00PM

Lecture & Lunch: Historic Odessa

Please join us for a special lecture highlighting the diversity of the collections, new findings, and a few surprises!

Apr 28, 2015 4:00PM to 6:00PM

FREE: Architectural Detail 101

Take and architectural tour of the National Historic Landmark, Corbit-Sharp House while in the comforts of the meeting room at the Visitor’s Center (Bank Building).  During this presentation discover the outstanding exterior and interior classic architectural details up close and learn about the possible sources used by the architect.  Participants (HOF volunteers) will confirm their facts and/

Feb 26, 2015 1:00PM to 3:00PM

Volunteers: Docent Refresher

Open to all docents and those interested in becoming docents.

Please call (302) 378-4119 for more information.

Mar 30, 2015 1:00PM to 2:30PM

Lecture: One Family in Delaware: The Corbits of Odessa

This presentation explores the various lives of six generations of the same Quaker clan who first settled in Cantwell’s Bridge, Delaware in or about 1630 and continues through the last generation of this prominent family to call the town of Odessa home.

Children: Chores and Leisure

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.