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“Shall Faithfully Serve!” at Dover, Del.’s John Dickinson Plantation on June 15, 2013

Date Posted: Thursday, June 6th, 2013
Categories:  Historical and Cultural Affairs

Eleanor Matthews, historic-site interpreter at the John Dickinson Plantation, demonstrating a spinning wheel.

On Saturday, June 15, 2013, from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., the John Dickinson Plantation, located at 340 Kitts Hummock Road in Dover, DE 19901, will present “Shall Faithfully Serve!,” a day-long series of activities exploring 18th-century indentured servitude at the country estate of John Dickinson, one of the founding fathers of the United States and “Penman of the Revolution.”

 Participants in “Shall Faithfully Serve!” activities will symbolically sign an indenture form with a quill pen, after which they will experience tasks associated with 18th-century trades and occupations including the carding, spinning and weaving of wool for cloth production; and various jobs centered around plantation life such as collecting kindling for the smokehouse and cleaning. During their free time, participants will have a chance to play Colonial games, enjoy a house tour or explore the grounds. The plantation will also be open for visitation and tours from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Admission for all of the day’s activities is free and open to the public. For additional information, call 302-739-3277.

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Contact:
Jim Yurasek
Delaware Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs
Phone:  302-736-7413
E-mail:  Jim.Yurasek@state.de.us
Web:   http://history.delaware.gov

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