Weddings in Odessa DE

Wedding and Events at HOF
Rachel and Michael - Rebecca Renner Photography
Summer Wedding in Historic Odessa
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Summer Wedding in Historic Odessa
Summer Wedding in Historic Odessa

Historic Indoor/Outdoor Weddings

Welcome 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. Or it can serve as an inspirational and memorable venue for private parties, employee meetings and customer entertainment.

Historic Odessa: Where history comes to life...your history!

Facilities and Capacity

Historic Odessa Foundation can accommodate 25 – 250+ guests, depending on the space selected. All outdoor receptions require tenting for which there is an additional charge. Rentals at Historic Odessa include exclusive access to the grounds.

Historic Odessa has two event spaces, including several beautifully landscaped outdoor event spaces. Wedding ceremonies can be held in the gardens, while cocktail hour can be hosted on the patio of the Corbit-Sharp House.

The venue has expansive outdoor space, including The Barn, at the back of the National Register Wilson-Warner House. Built by its owner, David Wilson (1743-1820), in 1812 it once housed his fancy 19th century carriage with a plush red leather interior. In its time, the building’s stone exterior was quite unusual as most Southern Delaware structures of its type were constructed with brick or wood. Restored for adaptive re-use in the mid-1980s, the Barn and its surrounding grounds and garden are a much sought-after venue for weddings, private parties and other special events at Historic Odessa.

The venue also has an indoor event space, the Historic Odessa Bank , formerly the New Castle County Bank of Odessa. Designed in 1855 by prominent Philadelphia-based architect Samuel Sloan, the Italianate style brick structure was renovated in 2005, preserving an early safe, night deposit box and fireplace. Today it houses the Historic Odessa Visitor’s Center. This versatile space is also used for changing exhibitions and is available for meetings, weddings, cocktail receptions and banquets.

Catering

Catering services at Historic Odessa are provided exclusively by Cantwell’s Tavern. Located in the beautiful Brick Hotel (c. 1822) next to The Bank, Cantwell’s Tavern can provide everything you need for cocktail receptions and elegant farm-to-table dining experiences. Casual fare is also available for break sessions and business meetings. Cantwell's Tavern offers in-house catering services, including buffet, plated, stations, family style, tastings, and more with servers. They serve American-style cuisine with options to customize the menu according to various dietary restrictions, including gluten-free, pork-free, nut-free, lactose-free, vegan, and vegetarian.

Historic Odessa is a one-of-a-kind special event venue. To learn more about how we can help you plan your wedding festivities, meetings or other special occasions, please contact Jennifer Cabell at (302) 378-4119.

Weddings in Odessa

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

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.

Jun 27, 2018 6:00PM

Meghan and Bobby’s ceremony was like a beautiful fairytale that took place right in the center of one of Delaware’s most beautiful gardens in June 2018. 

Oct 6, 2017 4:00PM

Rachel and Michael married on a beautiful autumn day in the Corbit-Sharp House Colonial Revival garden.

Sep 30, 2017 1:15PM

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.

May 28, 2016 9:00AM

Nikki and Brian tied the knot Saturday, 5/28/16, at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia. Chelsea was holding these bridal images since Nikki's bridal session on the grounds of Historic Odessa earlier in the spring. Nikki made a beautiful bride.

Oct 3, 2015 4:00PM

On a wonderful day in October, Ed and Jen married on the historic grounds in Odessa Delaware.

Jul 30, 2015 10:00AM

Alicia and Kerry were engaged in July 2015 on the beautiful gardens and grounds of Historic Odessa. 

Oct 30, 2014 7:45PM

Carly and Jon go to Stacy Hart's church and Jon is the brother of a past bride photographed by Stacy Hart. 

Oct 7, 2014 4:00PM

Liz and Steve's wedding theme was the 1920’s … so Historic Odessa, Delaware was the perfect location for their vintage wedding.

Sep 19, 2013 4:00PM

The Corbit-Sharp House in historic Odessa, Delaware is host to a scenic landscape, flowering trees or bushes, stone barns, historic homes with lots of character, and cobblestone streets. Perfect for any vintage wedding.