Join us at Old Swedes Historic Site for an evening tour of the 1638 Burial Ground and hear the stories of famous—and infamous—people buried here. You may even meet some!
During the 19th century, stories about graveyard haunting were whispered in the parlors, taverns, and shops of Wilmington with hushed excitement. Some of these tales have never been refuted. Wander the paths through the burial grounds and see if you can solve the mystery of the late night bell ringing in the churchyard. Meet some of the inhabitants who call these grounds their home:
- Early settlers who came here for a new beginning.
- Generals, politicians, society belles and clergy.
- War heroes who lived to see this nation obtain independence from an oppressive King.
- Men and women who wept for their lost children and husbands.
- Young ladies who still wait for their wedding day… and more.
In 1638 Swedes and Finns arrived in what is now Wilmington aboard the Kalmar Nyckel, and founded Fort Christina on the banks of the Christina River. Nearby, they laid out a cemetery and, some years later, built Old Swedes Church (1698-99). The 1638 Burial Ground is the final resting place of more than 8,000 souls and contains 1,200 gravestones of all shapes and sizes. The church is one of the oldest in the United States still in use as a house of worship.
One-hour tours start at 6:30 p.m. and are offered every 30 minutes; last tour ends at 9:00 p.m. Free parking on site.
Reservations are required. Adults $10; Students $6. Not recommended for children under 12. All children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
Call 302-652-5629, or reserve and buy tickets securely online: www.oldswedes.org