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Nov 27, 2018 7:00PM

Holiday Candlelight Tour Nov 27th 2018

You are invited to step back in time through the doors of the Historic Odessa Foundation and explore the Christmas traditions of yesteryear! Participants experience a special candlelight tour of our 2018 holiday exhibit and enjoy wine and festive treats in front of a roaring fire at the Collins-Sharp House, c.1700.

Oct 25, 2018 7:00PM

Evening Tour

Join us the last Thursday of every month for an evening tour of the houses at Historic Odessa.

Oct 26, 2018 5:30PM

2018 Hearth Cooked Dinner - SOLD OUT!

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. Then, return to the hearth of the Collins-Sharp House for a sumptuous autumn dinner and wine with each course.

Oct 12, 2018 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 a performance of “Shakespeare, Poe & Friends: A Night of Readings from the Dark Side,” at Historic Odessa's Stone Stable.

Oct 1, 2018 10:00AM to Oct 31, 2018 4:30PM

HOF goes Pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

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 of their pink splendor.  

Sep 8, 2018 12:00PM to 6:00PM

Save the Date: 5th Annual Odessa Brewfest

The annual Odessa Brewfest comes to historic Odessa on Saturday, September 8th, 2018. 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.

Oct 7, 2018 2:00PM

Reception & Lecture: The Stone Sculptures of Richard H. Bailey

The Historic Odessa Foundation is pleased to announce in conjunction with the exhibition, Quarried, Carved, and Polished: The Stone Sculptures of Richard H. Bailey, the Delaware sculptor Richard H. Bailey will present a talk about his methods and inspirations of his semi-abstract stone sculptures.

Sep 30, 2017 1:15PM

Taylor and Chad: A Beautiful Afternoon in Odessa

Taylor Martin chose the grounds of the Historic Odessa Foundation for her wedding to Chad in September of 2017. The day couldn't have been more perfect. Welcome to the best day ever.

Aug 1, 2018 4:45PM to 6:00PM

Weddings at Historic Odessa Foundation

Bridal parties are welcomed to the tranquil village of Odessa and the grounds of the Historic Odessa Foundation. Imagine holding your special event in this storied town center with its beautifully restored 18th and 19th-century homes and its picturesque Colonial revival gardens, all lovingly maintained much as they were some 200 years ago. This unique 72-acre property can be the setting for your one-of-a-kind storybook wedding festivities – from bridal showers to rehearsal dinners, to the wedding ceremony and reception.

Jul 6, 2018 10:00AM

WHYY First Experience: The Bramble Collection

Over 50 years ago Marnie Bramble began collecting tea caddies. Tea caddies are little containers that were used to store tea in the 18th and 19th centuries. Marnie’s collection grew through her son Mark’s travels. Marnie’s collection is now on display in Odessa. That’s where WHYY First Experience picks up the story.

Sep 4, 2018 10:00AM to Oct 28, 2018 4:00PM

Exhibit: Quarried, Carved, and Polished: The Stone Sculptures of Richard H. Bailey

For nearly 60 years “the marble man” Richard H. Bailey has been sculpting miracles out of stone. His lifetime has been dedicated to that of being a sculptor in central Delaware.

Jun 19, 2018 10:00AM to Aug 25, 2018 4:00PM

Sugar Shakers: The Inez Sunshine and Tony Samolsky Collection

The dispenser which is commonly called a sugar shaker today was originally called a sugar sifter, sugar duster or sugar muffineer. These collectable table items first appeared in the late 19th century and only lasted until the early 20th century. They were a passing fancy.