Have you ever wondered what life was like for some of America’s earliest settlers? Take a trip to Fort Christina in Wilmington, Delaware, and find out for yourself! Fort Christina, located along the banks of the Christina River, is where the first Swedish and Finnish American settlers landed over 375 years ago to form the colony New Sweden.

The New Sweden colony where Fort Christina is located is lesser known than the colonies of Plymouth and Jamestown, but it is not without its own unique history. Though founded and name for Sweden in 1638, it was conquered by the Dutch in 1655.

In 1961, Fort Christina was named a national historic landmark. It, along with the Old Swedes Church and the Kalamar Nyckel Foundation provide interesting and historic information about the founding of the New Sweden colony. Those looking to get the most comprehensive understanding of the New Sweden colony can purchase the Christina Cultural Trail Pass for $8, which includes admission to all three sights.

Located just a short distance from Fort Christina, Sonesta ES Suites Wilmington Newark is the perfect place to stay during your trip to the Wilmington, DE, area. Our extended stay hotel offers all the comforts of home, and a number of complimentary amenities like free Wi-Fi and free hot daily breakfast will help ease the burden on your wallet. Plus, you’ll have a fully equipped kitchen in your suite to make all your favorite home cooked meals during your stay. To make a reservation, follow this link or give us a call today.