Middletown / Odessa / Townsend

The area treads the perfect balance of old and new.

Welcome to Middletown/Odessa/Townsend

Picturesque communities located in a quaint and historic region

Middletown, Odessa, and Townsend are three tight-knit communities surrounding one another in the picturesque lowlands of central Delaware. Centrally located between the two major hubs of Dover and Wilmington, it’s very difficult to be bored. There are attractions located within a quick drive and plenty of outdoor activities. The area is known for several historic buildings and monuments. The local history attracts history buffs from all over the region. As a growing community, the area treads the perfect balance of old and new, catering to the older generation that lives there, as well as the newer transplants into the area.

The area surrounding Middletown, Odessa, and Townsend is mostly scenic lowlands, with marshes perfect for watersport, bird watching, and fishing. The Delaware River is a hub for activity during the summer months with people spending time on the water. Middletown is the largest of the three towns and is the major commercial zone of the region. It has many large shopping areas and the benefit of large town amenities. However, established local businesses continue to invigorate the local economy with restaurants, bars, and boutiques.

What to Love

  • Activities for residents of all ages, from young professionals to families
  • Important part of local history
  • Surrounded by picturesque lowlands and access to the Delaware River 

Local Lifestyle

Middletown, Odessa, and Townsend have a rural appeal, where life slows down, people and relationships are placed first. However, the area has grown significantly, with expansion of green spaces, schools, and local businesses flourishing. Residents especially love to take advantage of the summer months, when the days are longer, and spending time outside or on the water is enjoyable. 

Commuters have started to move into the area to take advantage of the slower lifestyle while working in the large cities. It’s not uncommon to see people working from home for a few days a week, enjoying the quiet home lifestyle while working a larger cities 

Dining, Entertainment & Shopping

With the area being home to several historic buildings and landmarks, the restaurant industry strives to incorporate local traditions and history into the dining experience. Cantwell’s Tavern serves traditional American food with homemade desserts in a restored historic building. The Backcreek Clubhouse is part of the golf club and provides a modern dining experience. For the younger members of the community, Tom Foolery’s Bar is a perfect watering hole for bar treats and amazing beer and cocktails. Finally, Willey’s Farm is an amazing place to find fresh produce from local farms, country merchandise and a gardeners paradise. 

The shopping area is concentrated in the Middletown area, with several big-box stores. To find the freshest produce, dairy, and deli, visit Dutch Country Farmers Market, where one can peruse all the pleasures of Amish country including homestyle meals and sweet treats. Finally, Middletown is home to a host of local businesses, from home goods to food and clothing.

The Middletown, Odessa, and Townsend area is host to entertainment options for young professionals, families, and children. Entertainment and a party atmosphere can be found in one of the many bars and breweries where you can socialize with the community and take in the music scene. For some family fun, visit Mid County Lanes, for bowling, food, and laser-tag.  

Things to Do

Many of the sights are based on local history. For family-friendly fun during Christmas time, visit Christmas in Odessa, and see Christmas lights and decorations inside historic buildings. 

Summertime is the best time to be active in the community. Blackbird Creek Reserve is a park surrounding Blackbird Creek that is perfect for swimming, tubing, or even bringing a pet. The Links at St. Anne’s is one of the best golf courses in the area, complete with a clubhouse and restaurant. Silver Lake Park is one of the best hangout spots in town, perfect for a quick outdoor nap, reading a book, or enjoying family time with kids. It’s truly an area for all where people of all ages can enjoy living.


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