Seven log cabins show what a colonial Swedish farmstead would have looked like. The buildings are at the center of the completely rebuilt Governor Printz Park in Essington. Photo by Erik Burro
Swedish log farmstead completed
Colonial showcase at center of renewed Printz Park
The New Sweden Farmstead Museum in Essington, Pa., has been completed. A group of log cabins has been set up in the center of Printz Park to recreate the type of farm the first Swedish settlers created in New Sweden when it was settled in the early 17th Century. Governor Printz Park sits on the ground that served as the capital of New Sweden starting in 1643.
The farmstead was originally built in Bridgeton, N.J., where it was opened in 1988 as part of celebrations of the 350th anniversary of the founding of New Sweden. The renewed farmstead brings the attraction to a waterfront location that is easily accessible to the Philadelphia and Wilmington metropolitan areas.
The village was constructed by The New Sweden Company with support from area historical groups. Covid rules will restrict access to the interior of the structures, but there is signage outside for each of the seven log buildings. When the farmstead is presented to the public, reenactors dressed in period costume will answer questions and show visitors around. For more information about the farmstead,
click on this link and
Governor Printz Park is on the Delaware River at Taylor Avenue and West 2nd St, Essington, Pa 19029. The park is named after Johan Printz, governor of New Sweden from 1643 to 1654.
For more information about the site, click here.
Dress through the ages
Models gather after presenting the Who Wore What When fashion show in the fall of 2017. A video of the program, which showcases clothing worn in the New Sweden territory from colonial days to the 20th Century, will be available shortly for use by educational and historical organizations. Check this website for updates. If you are interested in volunteering, please
click here for the application form.
Take a look into our
Museum Without Walls
Exhibits on display throughout region
Welcome to The New Sweden Centre, a museum without walls. We partner with a number of Delaware Valley institutions to present to the public our extensive collection of material that illustrates the Swedish legacy of the region.
The story begins with the very first European settlers who created New Sweden, their interactions with the Leni Lenape, and continues through the evolution of the region to the present day. The New Sweden Centre's collection includes artifacts, clothing, tools, dioramas and graphic illustrations.
The museum's collection is currently on display at these locations:
• Our Captain Mannequin and colonial fireplace set can be seen at the in the Delaware Military Museum at 1st Regiment Rd, Wilmington, DE 19808. Also at the museum, our large-scale "Colony to Community" graphic panels that tell the story of New Sweden.
• Our Swedish Lady mannequin and child, plus many of our kitchen items, are now located in the Hendrickson House in Wilmington, DE.
; • Our Black Anthony mannequin is on display at the Delaware County Historical Society Museum & Library, 408 Avene of the States, Chester, Pa. 19013.
;• Our "Explore New Sweden" panels are now located in the Swedesboro-Woolwich History Museum in Swedesboro, NJ. The museum is open by appointment. Call 856-467-1889 for details.
• Our model of Fort Christina is now on display in the lobby of the Redding City/County building, 800 N. French St., Willmington, DE, 19801.
• A group of dolls in period clothing and a model of a colonial ship's boat are on loan to
the Pencader Heritage Museum, 2629 Sunset Lake Road, Newark, DE. The museum is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. the first and third Saturdays of the month. Call 302-584-4570.
• We are also serving as the Non Profit Brand in JA Finance Park, with our youth-focused display "Walk Through Swedish American Globalization" at the Junior Achievement Center at 522 S Walnut St, Wilmington, DE 19801. This facility serves Salem County, NJ and New Castle County, DE and reaches approximately 10,000 students yearly.
• On permanent loan to
the Historical Society of Pennsville, NJ, is a model of a Swedish church boat. The museum is located at 86 Chursh Landing Road, Pennsville, NJ 08070
Now available for loan to interested organizations
• Educational materials, designed for any organization teaching the region's history.
A large collection of colonial tools, old but not period historical.
• A Leni Lenape mannequin in colonial period clothing.
• ;Several miniature historical figures.
The New Sweden Centre is also actively marketing the book "Africans in New Sweden" by Abdullah R. Muhammad.
Finally, the Centre is a regular partner with Old Swedes Foundation, the Delaware Swedish Colonial Society and the New Sweden Alliance in the annual celebration of the landing of the Swedes at Fort Christina Park in Wilmington.
Anyone interested in assisting us please get in touch. 302-429-0464 or send us an email Feel free to call Education Director Aleasa Hogate at 856-678-5511