Historic Points of Interest
Smyrna, the fastest town in Delaware (2015), is home to many historical buildings. There are currently over 490 buildings on the National Register for Historic Places.
Visit the Smyrna Opera House if you want to catch a glimpse of life in the 1800s. The Smyrna Opera House opened in 1870 as the Old Town Hall, with an opera house on the second floor—a very popular concept in the 1800s. The Smyrna Opera House is the only operating second-floor opera house in Delaware. The “Old Town Hall” was restored in 1998, 50 years after a fire nearly destroyed the elegant building. All remaining original materials were carefully preserved. Today, the Smyrna Opera House offers an eclectic mix of musical acts, comedy shows, and theatrical productions, as well as children’s programs and art exhibits, from September through May.
The Smyrna Museum, run by the Duck Creek Historical Society, showcases the rich history of Smyrna and the surrounding areas. Tours run every Saturday from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. All of the exhibits and tours are free to the public. The Duck Creek Historical Society proudly maintains Smyrna’s small town heritage through events, tours, and community outreach. Behind the museum is the Plank House. Now fully restored, the Plank House is one of the finest examples of a local structure from the early 1700s.
Smyrna is the site of one the most historic houses in Delaware—Belmont Hall. This Georgian mansion was built in 1773 by Thomas Collins, a Brigadier General in the American Revolution and the eighth Governor of Delaware. Collins served in almost every office in Kent County. Belmont Hall was the first meeting place of the Delaware Assembly. It’s open for special house tours on some Saturdays in the fall, winter, and spring. Tours are also available by appointment for groups of four or more. Arrangements can also be made to tour the Smyrna Museum before or after your tour of Belmont Hall.
The Henry Levin Center for Pharmacy and History is a museum and education center owned and operated by the Delaware Pharmacists Society. Named after the founder of the Delaware Pharmacists Society as well as Happy Harry’s drug store, the Henry Levin Center is both a pharmacy museum and conference center that supports pharmacy students through scholarship and education.