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What's Happening at Seaford Historical Society

New hours at museum Wed, Thur & Sat. 12 - 4 and Sun 1 - 4 Join the Seaford Historical Society and us preserve, protect and present history while making some of our own! We welcome all ages! We offer many volunteer opportunities! Share your love of history while joining in the fun!

150th Anniversary Celebration Projects

The 150th Anniversary of Seaford will be celebrated Memorial Day weekend, May 22-24, 2015, as part of the annual Towne and Country Fair. Activities will be held downtown and at the Ross Plantation to include local youth. Projects must be submitted by Friday, May 1st.
Project Guidelines are included on our Kids-Students page.

A Limited Edition Commemorative Pound Day brass ornament is available for purchase at the Seaford Museum, Ross Mansion, Greater Seaford Chamber of Commerce and City Hall. There were only 180 of these ornaments produced to commemorate that historic day 75 years ago. What a wonderful way to pass on to your children and grandchildren a piece of history especially if you are/were a DuPont employee. Once these ornaments are gone they won't be back. If you are unable to get to these locations to purchase an ornament, you can purchase on-line at the Seaford Historical Society website and we will get the ornament(s) to you. The price is $12.00 each. We accept cash, checks and VISA, MC and DISCOVER charge cards. If you have any questions or require additional information please contact the Society manager at 302-628-9828 or e-mail: See a picture of the ornament in the topic area.

DUES ARE DUE!! as of December 31st! A single membership per year is $25 and a family membership is $40 per year. They can be paid by check, credit card or online. Checks can be sent to the Historical Society office as soon as possible, if you have not paid. The address is Seaford Historical Society, 203 High St., Seaford, DE 19973 Dues can be paid by credit card online by going to or calling the Historical Society office at 302-628-9828. Your support is greatly appreciated!

The Seaford Historical Society invites you to visit two of the most unique sites in the local area.

The Governor Ross Plantation is the only site in Delaware that describes plantation life around the Civil War period. Learn about the life of a governor, slavery in Sussex County, and enjoy expansive grounds with auxiliary buildings that were necessary for the operation of a large plantation.

The Seaford Museum has a fun, intimate flavor that follows an historic timeline with a local perspective. Its fiber optic lighting and unique displays and stories make it a real jewel to visitors.

The Seaford Museum is a proud member of the Chesapeake Gateways and Watertrails Network in partnership with the National Park Service. Throughout the Chesapeake Bay region, less than 200 "exceptional parks, wildlife refuges, museums, sailing ships and historic communities" have been selected to represent the authentic Bay experience for those who wish to discover in the Bay history and culture. Our role, as one of only two Gateway sites within the State of Delaware, is to tell the story of the Nanticoke headwaters nearly forty miles upriver from Tangier Sound in the middle of the Delmarva Peninsula. The Seaford Museum, a spectacular small museum, is honored to be a part of the National Park Service experience. Visiting any Gateway partner is a perfect way to learn more about the beautiful, historic Chesapeake Bay. Visiting the Seaford Museum will provide you with a delightful, unique experience journeying into the history and culture of the Nanticoke River headwaters, the most pristine river flowing into America's largest estuary, the Chesapeake Bay. Come and be amazed!

"This is the best museum in the state. I can't believe what you have done." - visitor's comment


Governor Ross Mansion and Plantation: 1:00-4:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, except holidays.

Museum Open:
12:00pm-4:00pm Wednesday, Thursday & Saturday, 1:00pm–4:00pm on Sundays.

Society Business Office Hours:
1:00pm-4:00pm Wednesday & Thursday.

Visits by appointment are possible at both sites. Phone 302-628-9828 to make an appointment


$5.00 per person at each site, or an $8.00 combination ticket allows you to visit both sites. It is not necessary to visit both sites on the same day. Children 12 years of age and under are free when accompanied by an adult. Seaford Historical Society members are free, except for special events.

Upcoming Events – Details in What’s New

The Seaford Museum
The Main Office for Seaford Historical Society
are located at
203 High St., Seaford, DE 19973
Click here to view map.
(302) 628-9828

The Gov. Ross Mansion and Plantation
is located at
23669 Ross Station Road, Seaford, DE 19973
Click here to view map.
formerly 1101 N. Pine St. Ext.