The vacationer in search of the sun and sand of the Delaware soon learns that the First State has other attractions, such as the charming little crossroads village of Odessa, which dates from 1721.

Located six miles beyond the Maryland-Delaware line at the junction point of Rtes. 301 and 13, this town of 600 contains several of the finest brick homes in Delaware. One of these, Castle William, or the William Corbit House, was erected in 1773. Next door to this is the Wilson-Warner House, built by Davis Wilson, Corbit's brother-in-law, in 1769. Used as the town library, its paneling has been called the finest in Delaware.

These houses are east of Rte. 13 and face some other homes of distinction. West of Rte. 13 is a charming little brick Friends Meeting House, scarcely 20 feet square, built in 1783. Nearby, is Fairview, built around the same time from plans drawn by Robert May and Co. of London.

To reach Odessa, which is 23 miles south of Wilmington, Del., cross the Bay Bridge and remain on Rte. 301 at the point where Rte. 50 veers right for the resort areas. Odessa is 44 miles northeast of this point. You can vary your route going or coming by taking Rtes. 40 or I-95.

James C. Wilfong has longstanding architectural interests.