Last updated: 10/22/2019
Seaford, Delaware
Street Address
203 High Street
Seaford, DE 19973
Mailing Address
203 High Street
Seaford, DE 19973
Hours
Sunday, Thursday - Saturday1 PM - 4 PM
Admissions
Combo Ticket for Museum and Ross Mansion $12 for adults. Members Free (except Special Events)
Adults: $7
Members: free
Children under 12: Free
Services
Gift Shop
Group Tours
Staff
Amanda Goebel, Executive Director
phone: 302-628-9828
Phyllis Williams, Publicity Chair
David Grantz, Administrator
Description

The Seaford Historical Society was organized in 1972. In 1976 the Society purchased the Governor Ross Mansion along with 12 acres of land and outbuildings. In 1993 they purchased an additional 8 acres of land. In 2001 the old Seaford Post Office was purchased for use as the permanent location of the Seaford Museum. The Seaford Museum opened to the public on June 1, 2003.

The Seaford Museum

The Seaford Museum has been called a jewel; one of the nicest museums in the state. It is very unusual in that volunteers have been responsible for saving and converting the town’s old post office into a fine museum. Everything from the concept and design, the construction of walls and cases, the written signage, and the gift shop are all the work of locals. It is truly the definition of community.

The museum depicts a professional level few museums ever reach with state-of-the-art air management and high tech fiber optic lighting, a variety of kiosks, and unique displays and interactive.

Opened in 2003, the museum has thousands of local artifacts following a timeline of United States, Delaware, and area history. It begins with the area’s natural resources and the Nanticoke Indians, and winds its way through history to the 21st century with the world’s first synthetic fiber, a nylon spinning machine. Other exhibits focus on early agriculture, shipbuilding, canning, the poultry industry, railroads, Black River Pilots, and the Nanticoke River’s connection with the Chesapeake Bay.

The Seaford Museum includes a changing exhibit gallery, a general information area, and a gift shop. It is located in downtown Seaford on High Street in the restored 1930’s post office building. It is a treasure you will not want to miss.

Mission

The Seaford Historical Society’s mission is to “Preserve, Protect and Present Seaford History” and is a non-profit organization under Sec 501(c)3.

History

Located in old Post Office Building in Seaford. Purchased by Seaford Historical Society and opened to public in 2001.

Also is Administrative Office for the Seaford Historical Society.

Educational Programs

Docent program, Exhibits, School tours, ...

Library

Access: General Public, Students, Scholars, Members

Appointment required: Yes

Publications

Quarterly Newsletter

ADA

Wheelchair Accessible

Parking

Restrooms

Services

Group Tours

For groups over eight people or special tours, please call to schedule, or submit a tour request. Group tours may be scheduled outside of regular hours if needed, depending on the Society’s schedule.

Two Gift Shops

The Seaford Historical Society has two gift shops. One is located in the Seaford Museum and the other is in the Ross Mansion. Additionally, we have a “Children’s gift shop” in the Mansion.

We do not sell gift shop items online. Our gift shops have books, toys, t-shirts, jewelry, postcards, and so much more, all celebrating local history and culture. If you need a thank you or a gift for someone, think about stopping in and browsing through one of our gift shops. The gift shops are open during regular Museum and Mansion hours. SHS members receive a 10% discount on all purchases.

Gift Shop

Group Tours

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