Upcoming October Events

October is almost here, the weather is getting colder, and the Historic Odessa Foundation has a great line up of events and exhibits for you to enjoy all month long!

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. Learn more about this event »

Shakespeare, Poe & Friends

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. The performance will take place at on Friday, October 12 at 7:30 pm. Learn more about this event »

Fall Homeschool Day

Join us for a school tour sampler designed just for homeschoolers on Friday, October 19. Take your family back in time to explore the 18th century in colonial Odessa. Our site offers a unique and well-documented picture of early American life in our interactive, hands-on educational workshops. Learn more about this event »

Basket Making Class

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. Please reserve a full day from 9 am to 5 pm on Monday, October 29 if you are interested in this class. The registration deadline is October 8. Learn more about this event »

Exhibits Opening & Lectures

The Stone Sculptures of Richard H. Bailey

Richard H. Bailey, an award winning native born Delaware sculptor, has been carving various kinds of stone for over fifty years. He will be hosting a reception and lecture on Sunday, October 7 at 2 pm for those interested in learning about his wonderfully sculpted stone figures and creatures. Learn more about the event » 

The Visual Expression of Thomas Del Porte

Visit the wonderfully lit galleries of the our Visitor Center to view the vibrant paintings of Thomas Del Porte in our newest exhibit, Time Elemental; An Exploration of the Visual Expression of Thomas Del Porte. This exhibit opens Tuesday, October 9 and continuing through December 30, 2018. Learn more about this exhibit »

In conjunction with with the Time Elemental exhibit, Delaware artist Thomas Del Porte will present a talk about his methods and inspirations of his vibrant oil paintings during his artist’s reception. On Thursday, October 18 you can mingle with other HOF members and invited guests during the reception before the presentation. Learn more about this event »

Holidays in Odessa

The Storybook Trees are back! 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. The deadline for registration forms is November 2Learn more about this exhibit »


Your complimentary guided tour, guest passes, discounts, and invitations await when you renew your membership today. Become a member — your gift affords you not only access to the Historic Houses and surrounding gardens, but also helps to preserve, enhance, and share Odessa with visitors, scholars, and students all year long.