The neighborhood of Odessa, Delaware … an official Delaware “Must-Do” according to Delaware Today Magazine ... is located just north of Dover, the state’s capital. This historic hidden gem is a unique area many love to escape to. Known as Cantwell’s Bridge until 1855, Odessa developed as a bustling grain port and played a vital role in Delaware’s early commercial growth. Today, this tranquil town with pristine colonial buildings, tree-lined streets, brick sidewalks, and a population slightly exceeding 300 seems untouched by time. The area has been quiet for a bit due to COVID but is coming alive once again for the spring season with great family fun for all ages!  

Historic Odessa Tours  

Open to the public now through December, Tuesday through Saturday, 10 AM – 4:30 PM and Sunday 1 PM – 4:30 PM, Monday by reservation. For reservations, call (302) 378-4119 or (302) 378-5560. Visitors are required to wear masks and practice safe social distancing at all times. 

Exhibit: Potpourri of the Palette: Watercolor Paintings by Linda Hall 

The Historic Odessa Foundation presents a colorful art exhibition by Linda Hall on display at the Historic Odessa Foundation’s Visitor Center through Sunday, June 27, 2021.   

Saturdays at the Hearth 

Bring the whole family and explore the role of children in the colonial kitchen and garden. Explore the Collins-Sharp House as costumed interpreters capture the flavors of authentic 18th-century cooking.  Savor the sights and aromas of spring dishes cooked over an open fire using the tools, recipes and techniques common in colonial Odessa. 

Walking Tours  

Join the fun during the second Thursday of every month for an evening outdoor tour of the houses at Historic Odessa.  

More Things to Do in Odessa!

Cantwell's Tavern

  • 109 Main St.

Upscale casual dining featuring farm-to-table offerings. Beautifully restored tavern in historic settings of Odessa - Historic Brick Hotel Est. 1822. Check out this unique and…

Historic Odessa

  • Second and Main Sts.

Visit the village of Odessa, Delaware and admire examples of 18th- and 19th-century architecture, and tour the Historic Odessa Foundation's five historic houses.

Christmas in Odessa

  • 506 High St.

Held annually on the first Saturday in December, this self-guided tour of private homes and public buildings that are festively decorated for the holiday season is a fundraiser…

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