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Dover in Kent County, Delaware — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

The Compass Rose

 
 
The Compass Rose Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Roger Dean Meyer, October 9, 2006
1. The Compass Rose Marker
Inscription.  
First to ratify the Constitution of the United States
Delaware

The Compass Rose
Dedicated 7 December, 1988
Authorized by the Delaware Heritage Commission and 134th General Assembly
 
Erected 1988 by Delaware Heritage Commission and 134th General Assembly.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Notable Events. A significant historical date for this entry is December 7, 1988.
 
Location. 39° 9.424′ N, 75° 31.235′ W. Marker is in Dover, Delaware, in Kent County. Marker is on Legislative Avenue, 0.1 miles south of Duke Of York Street, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: 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. Delaware 9/11 Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Delaware Women's Suffrage Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); State of Delaware World War I Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Legislative Hall - Delaware's Capitol Building (within shouting distance of this marker); The First State Heritage Park of Dover
The Compass Rose image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Roger Dean Meyer, October 9, 2006
2. The Compass Rose
Delaware was the first to ratify the Constitution. This Compass Rose on Legislative Mall in front of Legislative Hal, in Dover, includes bearing and distance to the site of, and date of, other ratifications.
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(within shouting distance of this marker); Delaware Women's Service Monument (within shouting distance of this marker); The Women of the Delaware Women's Military Service Monument (within shouting distance of this marker); We hold in respectful memory… (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Dover.
 
The Compass Rose image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mike Stroud, October 17, 2012
3. The Compass Rose
The Compass Rose Marker Looking Northwest image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Adam Margolis, January 19, 2022
4. The Compass Rose Marker Looking Northwest
The Compass Rose Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mike Stroud, October 17, 2012
5. The Compass Rose Marker
The Compass Rose Marker, center detail image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mike Stroud, October 17, 2012
6. The Compass Rose Marker, center detail
Dover Delaware
December 7, 1787
The Compass Rose Marker detail image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mike Stroud, October 17, 2012
7. The Compass Rose Marker detail
Delaware
First to adapt
Will be last to
Desert the Constitution
Washington Monument
1849
The Compass Rose Marker detail image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mike Stroud, October 17, 2012
8. The Compass Rose Marker detail
We the People
Of The United States
***
Do ordain and establish
this Constitution
The Compass Rose Marker detail image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mike Stroud, October 17, 2012
9. The Compass Rose Marker detail
Pennsylvania 12·12· 1787* Philadelphia Coordinates
New York 7·26·1788 * Poughkeepsie Coordinates
New Jersey 12·18·1787 * Trenton Coordinates
New Hampshire 6·21·1788 * Concord Coordinates
Connecticut 1·9·1788 * Hartford Coordinates
Massachussetts 2·6·1788 * Boston Coordinates
Rhode Island 5·29·1790 * Newport Coordinates
The Compass Rose Marker, detail image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mike Stroud, October 17, 2012
10. The Compass Rose Marker, detail
A rising
and not a
setting sun
   —Benjamin
     Franklin
         1787
The Compass Rose Marker detail image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mike Stroud, October 17, 2012
11. The Compass Rose Marker detail
Delaware Ratifies
Fully
Freely
& Entirely
The Compass Rose Marker detail image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mike Stroud, October 17, 2012
12. The Compass Rose Marker detail
The Compass Rose Marker detail image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mike Stroud, October 17, 2012
13. The Compass Rose Marker detail
1788 Augusta Georgia Coordinates
1788 Richmond Virginia Coordinates
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 21, 2022. It was originally submitted on November 16, 2007, by Roger Dean Meyer of Yankton, South Dakota. This page has been viewed 2,511 times since then and 68 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 16, 2007, by Roger Dean Meyer of Yankton, South Dakota.   3. submitted on November 4, 2012, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.   4. submitted on January 21, 2022, by Adam Margolis of Mission Viejo, California.   5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13. submitted on October 27, 2012, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page.

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