Explore our History

Delaware is full of history, and Sussex County is no exception. With over four hundred years of history in this small state, there is no shortage of history around.

Our history is awesome. Did you know the earliest European settlements in Delaware can be found in Sussex County as early as 1631? That’s only 10 years after The Mayflower landed. Not to mention that Native American populations populated Delaware for hundreds of years before the settlers. With history like that, you’re sure to find museums, trails, and historical artifacts all over Sussex County.

History is in reach of our beach!

Given Delaware’s extensive history, we have developed several itineraries for exploring Delaware’s most iconic historic places, museums, and attractions. We have old churches, pre-Revolutionary War history, Native American historic locations, and more.

Some of our most popular historic landmarks include Civil War era buildings including Delaware’s only documents surviving slave quarters on Governor Ross’s plantation. Explore all of our featured attractions below for more about our favorite historic spots in Sussex County.

Featured Attractions:

The Laurel Heritage Museum

201 Mechanic St, Laurel, DE 19956


Seaford Historical Society / Seaford Museum

203 High ST, Seaford, DE 19973


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Laurel Historical Society / The Cook House Museum

502 E 4th ST P.O. Box 102, Laurel, DE 19956

302-875-1344 (leave a message) or call 302-875-2820

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Governor Ross Plantation (Mansion and outbuildings)

23669 Ross Station RD, Seaford, DE 19973


Bridgeville Historical Society / Museum

102 S. William St, P.O. Box 306, Bridgeville, DE 19933


Bethel Museum

312 First ST, Bethel, DE 19931



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