The Cook-Simms House, 1778
William Cook built this house at 101 East Fourth Street in what was then the heart of downtown Wilmington. Dr. John Simms, who made and sold herbal medicines, bought the house in 1840 to serve as his shop and residence.  He updated the building with large windows and an awning. The building displays Flemish-bond brick with a belt course between the first and second floors.

Jacobs House, 1748
The Jacobs House is a two story brick structure with pent eaves. Featuring Flemish bond brickwork with glazed headers and a molded water table, this house was built for Job and Mary Jacobs in 1748 by Griffith Minshall. Mr. Minshall included the Jacobs initials and the date of construction in the front wall of the house. The letters and dates are arranged in the form of a puzzle.

Jacob and Obidiah Dingee Houses, 1771 and 1773
The Dingee brothers built their houses side by side.  Jacob's, 1771, uses old-fashioned glazed headers on its Flemish bond bricks.  The brothers were cabinet makers and likely used the first floor as a work shop, living upstairs.

Delaware History Museum - features permanent and changing exhibits highlighting Delaware's history and artistic achievements. Now open!

Jane and Littleton Mitchell Center for African American Heritage - collects, preserves, researches and presents for public enrichment the history and heritage of Delaware’s African Americans. The Center for African American Heritage is headquartered on the Delaware Historical Society’s Wilmington campus and is now open.

Research Library - Collecting and preserving Delaware materials for over 135 years, the Society has a rich and varied collection of books, ephemera, newspapers, serials, maps, manuscripts and photographs relating to the history of Delaware and its people.  The Society's online catalog includes books, rare books, pamphlets, newspapers, maps, manuscripts, and photograph collections.

Read House & Gardens - This National Historic Landmark Federal mansion is surrounded by one-and-a-half acres of formal gardens. Seasonal adornments make the house an enchanting place to visit throughout the year. Our museum gift shop specializes in Delaware gifts, souvenirs, and nostalgic toys.

Old Town Hall - Built in 1798-1800, Old Town Hall functioned as a center of political and social activities in Wilmington's mercantile-milling economy. Today it is owned by the Delaware Historical Society and is used for exhibitions and special events.

Willingtown Square consists of six historic houses relocated into an urban park in 1976.  Now used as administrative offices, it also houses the Willingtown Square Gallery, which highlights changing exhibits focusing on the Society's smaller collections.

 

PHOTO POLICY

Periodically, the Delaware Historical Society takes photographs and video of visitors and activities for use in promotional and editorial materials.  Upon entering Delaware Historical Society premises, you grant the Delaware Historical Society permission to film and photograph you and your dependents.  Further, you grant the Delaware Historical Society all rights to use the photographs and video for educational, promotional, advertising and other purposes which advance the mission of the Delaware Historical Society.  The Delaware Historical Society owns the rights to the photographs and video.

Please note: the DHS Research Library will operate on a modified summer schedule from June 19-September 14, 2018 to accommodate new leadership and restructuring. Library staff will continue to assist visitors and provide reference, image reproduction, and research services during this time. We appreciate your interest, and look forward to resuming our regular hours in the fall.

2018 Research Library Summer Hours:
Monday, 11:00 am. - 7:00 p.m.
Tuesday, Wednesday - CLOSED
Thursday, Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Open the third Saturday of each month, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Closed major holidays - click here for the Society's Calendar of Events including open research Saturdays.

Collecting and preserving Delaware materials for over 150 years, the Society has a rich and varied collection of books, ephemera, newspapers, serials, maps, manuscripts and photographs relating to the history of Delaware and its people. The Society's online catalog includes books, rare books, pamphlets, newspapers, maps, manuscripts, and photograph collections.  Click here for a brief listing of our Library Collections.

Visitors are welcome to use the library free of charge, but there are fees for photocopies, use of digital cameras, etc. - click here for details.

Before your visit, click here for library regulations to help prepare your research.

The library also holds a strong collection of materials for individuals doing genealogical research.  For more information on genealogy at the Society, please see Delaware Genealogy: A Guide to Research at the Delaware Historical Society

Would you like to be a library volunteer? - details

505 N. Market Street, Wilmington, Delaware 19801 - Specific directions and parking

(302) 655-7161

Read House & Gardens - click here for additional information

This National Historic Landmark Federal mansion is surrounded by one-and-a-half acres of formal gardens. Seasonal adornments make the house an enchanting place to visit throughout the year.

We are always adding information about the Read House's collection to our online catalog, "Ask Caesar" - click here to view.

42 The Strand, New Castle, Delaware 19720 - Directions and parking
(302) 322-8411

Hours:
Wednesday - Friday, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., Saturday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Sunday, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
PLEASE NOTE: CLOSED January-March except by appointment (302-322-8411) and school tours.
Closed major holidays - click here to view Society programs, special events, and exhibition listing.

Fees:
Society Members: Free - click here to Join the Society!
Adults (over 18) - $7.00
Senior Citizens (over 65), Students (10-21 years old), Military Personnel - $6.00
Youth (under 10 years of age) - FREE
Groups tours: please call  (302) 295-3284

 

Delaware History Museum
504 N. Market Street, Wilmington, Delaware 19801
(302) 656-0637

Wednesday - Saturday, 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Closed major holidays.  Click here for Society calendar.

 

Originally a Woolworth's Department Store (1940), the building has been transformed into the Delaware History Museum and the Jane and Littleton Mitchell Center for African American Heritage. It features permanent and rotating exhibitions, classrooms, and meeting space. Now open!

Click here for a full calendar of Society programs that include the Delaware History Museum.

Group tours

School programming

Delaware History Museum   |  Mitchell Center for African American Heritage   |   Old Town Hall   |   Research Library   |   Willingtown Square    |   Read House & Gardens  

(302) 655-7161  deinfo@dehistory.org
505 N. Market Street, Wilmington, DE 19801
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The Delaware Historical Society is the statewide, non-profit organization that explores, preserves, shares, and promotes Delaware history, heritage, and culture to strengthen our community.