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. The Gov. Ross Mansion, ca. 1859, is a fully furnished brick Italianate home. Learn about the life of a governor, slavery in Sussex County (the Plantation includes the only surviving documented slave quarter in the state), and enjoy the expansive, elegant grounds and rustic outbuildings.

The Seaford Museum has a fun, intimate flavor that follows an historic timeline with a local perspective. Intriguing items, exciting stories, and immersive exhibits make the history of our area come alive. State-of-the-art lighting and immersive exhibits, unequalled in Southern Delaware, help to tell our story. Come explore a Museum with big-city quality and small-town charm.

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

What's Happening at Seaford Historical Society

We're upgrading!

We'll be debuting an all-new, redesigned website at this address shortly.

Between now and then, our website may experience some downtime. Please call (302) 628-9828, email, or try our up-to-date Facebook page at @seaforddehistory.


Seaford Museum Holds Opening for Two New Exhibits On Saturday, February 18th from 12-1, the Seaford Museum will hold an opening for its two newest exhibits: Women in the Workplace (a new permanent exhibit showing the changing careers of Seaford women - from nurses, teachers and secretaries, to professionals in all disciplines) and What We Wore (a nostalgic look back at everyday clothing from 1880-1980). Seaford Museum Curator Jim Blackwell, and Executive Director and presenter of What We Wore, Amanda Goebel, will be on site to give tours and answer questions. Light refreshments will be served. Free to members and children 12 and under - $4 general public

The Seaford Historical Society Presents

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What We Wore: Fashions from the Everyday Clothing Project Open from Feb. 4 to May 4, 2017, 1-4 pm Thursday-Sunday, in the Seaford Museum Webb Room. Admission: Adults $4, children 12 & under and SHS members free.

What We Wore is a nostalgic look at everyday clothing from 1880 to 1980. See a prized summer dress from 100 years ago, a little coat that kept a generation of children warm through the Great Depression, a flapper's woolen bathing suit, and more. Ghost stories, love stories, myths and mysteries follow these relics of everyday life.

The Everyday Clothing Project is a Bridgeville, DE based collection of everyday clothing worn in the mid-Atlantic states of the USA. What We Wore is a selection of some of the most interesting and outstanding pieces from this collection.


Step Back Into History and Celebrate Today!

The Gov. Ross Plantation grounds are available for weddings, events, group gatherings and private parties. For more information please contact the Administrative Office at 302-628-9828. Also check out the PDF file on the "What's Happening" page.


The Gov. Ross Plantation grounds and Mansion are available for professional and amateur photography shoots.

Grounds: $25/hour for professional photographers Amateur photographers free

Mansion Interior: $50/hour for professional photographers

Amateur photographers free with purchase of tour (between 1-4 pm Saturday and Sunday only)

All photography sessions must be scheduled and paid for in advance. Times available will be dependent on other events on the property. If you do not speak with a Society representative your shoot will not be scheduled.

Please leave the grounds as you found them. Outdoor props must be approved before use. Indoor props are generally not allowed, please speak with a staff member before your session. No use or re-arrangement of Mansion furniture or decorations is allowed. No flash photography inside the Mansion.



Seaford Museum: 1 - 4 Thursday - Sunday

Gov. Ross Plantation: Sat. & Sun. 1 - 4 pm

Administrative Office: 10 - 4 Wednesday - Saturday, and 1 - 4 Sunday


The Seaford Museum - $7.00

Special Exhibits only - $4.00

The Gov. Ross Plantation - $7.00

Children under 12 - free at both sites


Governor Ross Mansion and Plantation
1:00 - 4:00 pm Saturday and Sunday

Seaford Museum
1:00 - 4:00 pm Thursday - Sunday

Society Business Office Hours

10:00 - 4:00 pm Wednesday – Saturday, 1:00 – 4:00 pm Sunday


$7.00 per person, each site, or visit both sites for $12.00. It is not necessary to visit both sites on the same day. Children 12 years of age and under visit free, when accompanied by an adult. SHS members are free, except for some special events.

The Seaford Museum is fully handicapped accessible. Free parking is available on Pearl Street, next to the Museum.

The Gov. Ross Mansion is partially handicapped accessible. Free parking is available along the driveway behind the Mansion, or beside the Gift Shop door (for handicapped visitors).

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.

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