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Woodburn The Governor's Residence


Woodburn has served as the official residence of the Governor of Delaware since it was purchased by the state in 1965. Today, historians credit Woodburn's historical importance as much to the home's architecture as to its previous notable residents. Gentlemen farmers, landowners, an abolitionist, two U.S. Senators, two doctors, a dentist, a judge and eight recent Delaware Governors have all left their imprints on this fine home.

This home, built c. 1798 by Charles Hillyard III, is one of the finest Middle Period Georgian houses in Delaware. You will find detailed information about the history of Woodburn. Visit the photo galleries for the exterior and gardens of Woodburn. Come inside for a view of the Dining Room and Great Hall.

We hope that you have a chance to come and visit this beautiful home. Tours of Woodburn are open to the public Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., by appointment only. Admission is free. For tour appointments and general information, please contact Kristy Huxhold at (302) 739-5656 or via e-mail at

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Tours of Woodburn are open to the public Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. until 4:00 p.m., by appointment only. Admission is free. Tours must be scheduled at least 24 hours in advance.

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Woodburn's volunteers make our events possible. There are a variety of opportunities, from serving as guides for the public to helping cook hot dogs for the Fall Festival.

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Take a look at Woodburn's history using our timeline of important events and happening.

View Woodburn's timeline

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