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Historic Fashion – and more – at Old Swedes Historic Site

August 25, 2021

Wilmington, DE – “Suffragettes, Socialites & Social Change!” is the one-of-a-kind event presented by Old Swedes Historic Site on Saturday, Sept. 18. Originally planned to celebrate the 2020 Suffragette Centennial, the event includes a 20th century fashion show with live models, horse-drawn carriage rides, a ‘Great Gatsby’-style wedding finale in the historic church – and much more!

A 1918 model Saxon coupe, fully restored, will be on display. It’s the same model in which Nell Richardson and Alice Burke drove 10,000 miles across the country – in 1916 – to promote the Suffragist cause. A variety of exhibits will feature the history of women’s fashion, suffragists, female World War II pilots, and artifacts from the

Aerial view of Old Swedes Historic Site
Photo by part 107 certified pilot Saquan Stimpson


A wine basket raffle features the hand-painted wine glasses of Wilmington artist and activist Eunice LaFate, an Old Swedes board member.

Submitted photo

Ticket availability is very limited – each tour has a maximum of six people. Tours are scheduled on the half-hour from 11 am – 12:30 pm. Tickets are available through the Old Swedes website:

Old Swedes Historic Site, a unit of First State National Historical Park, includes the National Historic Landmark Holy Trinity (Old Swedes) Church (1699), Burial Ground (1638), and the early 18th century Swedish farmhouse Hendrickson House. Tracing the legacy of the Swedish colonists in what later became Wilmington, the site offers visitors a distinctive view of the history of Delaware and the surrounding area.

Old Swedes Historic Site is located at 606 N. Church St., Wilmington, DE 19801. Free secured parking available.

Additional information: • 302-652-5629