Dover in Kent County, Delaware — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Continuity & Progress
— Dover, Delaware —
And a rich history it is. Founded by William Penn in 1683, Dover has played a significant role in shaping America: In 1776 the legendary Delaware Blues mustered on The Green to march into history as among the most gallant troops of the American Revolution. In 1787, 30 delegates meeting at the Golden Fleece Tavern became the first Americans to ratify the Constitution, thus giving Delaware its honored title as the First State. The Underground Railroad came through Dover as heroic white and black Delawareans together risked grave danger to secretly deliver escaped slaves to freedom.
Incredibly — and very fortunately for visitors — much of that history occurred within a few minutes walking distance from this kiosk. The historical centerpiece is The Green, the public square laid out by William Penn. Here one can see the site of the Golden Fleece Tavern, The Old State House restored to its 1791 elegance, the John Bell House, homes
Just east of The Green is a spacious collection of red brick buildings that comprise Delaware's capitol complex. The most stately of these is Legislative Hall, our capitol building, a 1933 structure that keeps architectural faith with The Old State House. Across from Legislative Hall is the Delaware Public Archives and the First State Heritage Park Welcome Center & Galleries. On The Green's eastern fringe is the Biggs Museum of American Art, one of the finest collections of American fine and decorative arts.
To the west of The Green located on New Street is the Johnson Victrola Museum. This site was originally known as Meeting House Square.
Two blocks north on State Street begins a new world as Old Dover gives way to Victorian Dover. Much of this can be seen in the detail on the facades of the commercial buildings lining Loockerman Street, the commercial center of Dover for over a century.
Stroll up State Street and stop at Rose Cottage. This fully restored house
To the east, Kings Highway angles from State Street. Here is the old Richardson & Robbins Cannery, a source of Dover's 19th century prosperity and now a state office building. Stroll a little further and reach Woodburn, the Governor's House, Hall House and more stately dwellings.
There are many beautiful and historic sites beyond downtown Dover. John Dickinson Plantation, home to John Dickinson, the Penman of the American Revolution, is now a restored, living history plantation.
The town of Camden has many homes dating to the 1700s and on the National Register of Historic Place. It was here and in nearby Star Hill that Quakers and free blacks conspired to save many fugitive slaves who had bravely made their way north on the Underground Railroad. Barrett's Chapel, the Birthplace of American Methodism, lies a few miles south of Dover.
Aircraft history is displayed at the Air Mobility Command Museum at Dover Air Force Base. Here, you'll visit the building where America's rocket program began and see historic airplanes, including the P-51 Mustang flown by the storied Tuskegee Airmen in World War II. Look around, and you'll surely see a C-5M
These are just a few of the historic delights that greet visitors to the city where the United States began. So whether you're walking downtown, visiting our eight varied museums or driving to nearby communities, enjoy your stay in Greater Dover where progress means preserving our heritage.
Location. 39° 9.424′ N, 75° 31.554′ W. Marker is in Dover, Delaware, in Kent County. Marker is on West North Street just east of South Governors Avenue (Alternate U.S. 13), on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 119 West North Street, Dover DE 19901, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Did you know... (here, next to this marker); Colonel John Haslet (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); John M. Clayton (about 400 feet away); Old Presbyterian Church (about 400 feet away); Site Of Kent County’s First Presbyterian Church (about 500 feet away); The Capitol Theater (about 500 feet away); Wesley United Methodist Church (about 500 feet away); Constitution Park (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Dover.
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Credits. This page was last revised on November 11, 2019. This page originally submitted on November 11, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 38 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on November 11, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.