News & Press

Oct 26, 2012 5:30PM to 9:00PM

18th Century Hearth Cooked Dinner

Join us for an evening of fine food, drink and merrymaking as the staff from the Historic Odessa Foundation serves a hearth cooked dinner of mouth-watering dishes using the recipes, tools and techniques of the 18th century. Savor our delicious British Punch and assorted appetizers by the fire before touring the Corbit-Sharp House by candlelight.

Sep 12, 2012 7:00PM to 8:30PM

Lecture: "Two Early Single Component Historic Sites, U.S. Route 301"

Bill Liebeknecht is a registered professional Archaeologist and a Principal Investigator for Hunter Research, Inc. out of Trenton, NJ since 1988. He has a B.A. in Anthropology from Beloit College, Beloit, Wisconsin and a M.A. in Public History from Rutgers University
Bill will discuss the current U.S. Route 301 Archealogical digs and it's significance.

Dec 9, 2012 1:00PM to 2:30PM

Lecture: "The View from Sunnyside: A Sketch of Washington Irving"


Aug 15, 2012 4:00PM to 5:30PM

Lecture: "Those Fascinating Maps" by Conservation Intern

In this time of satellites and global positioning we may be losing sight of the art and fun of reading maps. Maps were critical for navigation at sea during the age of exploration and played monumental roles in political wars over territories and expansion of empires.

Aug 25, 2012 1:00PM to 2:30PM

Lecture: "Red Where? From Wheels to Kilns to Kitchens"

Today, we call it redware but early local potters advertised it as earthenware. The red color of this relatively low-fired ceramic is the product of burning clay bodies high in iron. Typically wheel-thrown and fashioned into a variety of forms, these wares were used to store, prepare and serve foodstuffs.

Aug 16, 2012 7:00PM to 8:00PM

Lecture: "Can Archaeology Help Find the Lost Corbit Tannery?"

A PowerPoint presentation will be presented by John Bansch, a current volunteer of the Historic Odessa Foundation and past-president of the Sussex Chapter of the Archaeological Society of Delaware (2006 to 2010).

Oct 6, 2012 1:00PM to 3:30PM

Lecture: Examing Paint Colors

Join us for an afternoon examining paint colors in Historic Odessa! This lecture/ tour by Catherine Adams Masek, will include an hour long power point presentation in the Bank building to acquaint us with the paint colors that were popular c.1700-1900, the usage of such colors in Odessa, and other neighbouring communities with the scientific approaches employed to study such finishes.

Nov 14, 2012 10:00AM to Dec 30, 2012 4:30PM

An Old English Christmas of Washington Irving

This Christmas season be delighted with the Christmas exhibit at the English-Georgian style Wilson Warner House (c. 1769) that is transformed into the storied English countryside home, Bracebridge Hall. The quaint exhibit is inspired by the story of Old Christmas from the sketchbook of the 19th century American author Washington Irving.

Jul 17, 2012 10:00AM to Oct 14, 2012 4:30PM

Red Where? A Collection of Earthenware Pottery

Discover the Historic Odessa Foundation’s collection of redware pottery on display now through mid-October in the historic Bank Building on the corner of Second and Main Streets in Odessa. These utilitarian vessels included plates, platters, bowls, jugs, jars, mugs, cake and butter molds, and even flower pots. The forms indicated that the wares were meant for everyday use.

Jun 20, 2012 7:00PM to 8:30PM

Lecture: Eleazer McComb, Colonial Family Artifacts

FREE Lecture presented by the curator of the exhibit, Brian Miller, HOF Assistant Curator: Wednesday, June 20, 7 p.m., Historic Odessa Foundation’s Bank Building Meeting Room.

May 15, 2012 10:00AM to Jul 15, 2012 4:30PM

Eleazer McComb, Colonial Family Artifacts

Together again for the first time in over two hundred years are fourteen letters that Eleazer McComb wrote to his future wife Lydia Irons and other artifacts related to the McComb family.

May 1, 2013 10:00AM to Jun 30, 2013 4:30PM

Azalea Garden Prints for Sale

Prints of Jerry & Helen Unruh's Azalea Garden are now for sale at the Visitors Center. 
8"x10" Print - $45.00