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“18th Century Trades Day” at Dover, Del.’s John Dickinson Plantation on Oct. 13, 2018

Historical and Cultural Affairs | Kent County | News | Date Posted: Monday, October 1, 2018



(DOVER, Del.—Oct. 1, 2018)—On Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018, visitors to the home of the “Penman of the Revolution” will explore Colonial-era job opportunities during the “18th Century Trades Day” that will take place between 10 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. at the John Dickinson Plantation located at 340 Kitts Hummock Road in Dover, Del. All activities are free and open to the public. For additional information, call 302-739-3277.

Historic-site interpreter Jennifer Dunham demonstrating how fabric was dyed in the 18th century.
Historic-site interpreter Jennifer Dunham demonstrating how fabric was dyed in the 18th century.

“18th Century Trades Day” will provide opportunities to dye cloth 1700s-style, preserve food in the smokehouse, weave a rug on a loom, mold bricks out of clay, and watch a carpenter at work and learn how wooden shingles and pegs were made. In addition, tours of the 1740 mansion house will be conducted throughout the day.

Historic-site interpreter Chris Merrill demonstrating the curing of meat in the plantation’s smokehouse.
Historic-site interpreter Chris Merrill demonstrating the curing of meat in the plantation’s smokehouse.

The John Dickinson Plantation, Delaware’s first National Historic Landmark, was the home of John Dickinson, a founding father of the United States, a framer and signer of the U.S. Constitution and “Penman of the Revolution.” The Georgian-style mansion stands as a memorial to this American patriot, legislator and farmer. The museum is a partner site in the First State National Historical Park.

John Dickinson Plantation mansion house
John Dickinson Plantation mansion house

The John Dickinson Plantation is administered by the Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs, an agency of the State of Delaware. The division enhances Delaware’s quality of life by preserving the state’s unique historical heritage, fostering community stability and economic vitality and providing educational programs and assistance to the general public on Delaware history. The division’s diverse array of services includes operation of five museums which are accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, administration of the State Historic Preservation Office, conservation of the state’s archaeological and historic-objects collections, operation of a conference center and management of historic properties across the state. Primary funding for division programs and services is provided by annual appropriations from the Delaware General Assembly and grants from the National Park Service, Department of the Interior, a federal agency. However, the contents and opinions expressed in the division’s programs and services do not necessarily reflect the views and policies of the Department of the Interior.

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Contact:
Jim Yurasek
Delaware Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs
Phone: 302-739-7787
E-mail: Jim.Yurasek@state.de.us
Web: http://history.delaware.gov

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“18th Century Trades Day” at Dover, Del.’s John Dickinson Plantation on Oct. 13, 2018

Historical and Cultural Affairs | Kent County | News | Date Posted: Monday, October 1, 2018



(DOVER, Del.—Oct. 1, 2018)—On Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018, visitors to the home of the “Penman of the Revolution” will explore Colonial-era job opportunities during the “18th Century Trades Day” that will take place between 10 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. at the John Dickinson Plantation located at 340 Kitts Hummock Road in Dover, Del. All activities are free and open to the public. For additional information, call 302-739-3277.

Historic-site interpreter Jennifer Dunham demonstrating how fabric was dyed in the 18th century.
Historic-site interpreter Jennifer Dunham demonstrating how fabric was dyed in the 18th century.

“18th Century Trades Day” will provide opportunities to dye cloth 1700s-style, preserve food in the smokehouse, weave a rug on a loom, mold bricks out of clay, and watch a carpenter at work and learn how wooden shingles and pegs were made. In addition, tours of the 1740 mansion house will be conducted throughout the day.

Historic-site interpreter Chris Merrill demonstrating the curing of meat in the plantation’s smokehouse.
Historic-site interpreter Chris Merrill demonstrating the curing of meat in the plantation’s smokehouse.

The John Dickinson Plantation, Delaware’s first National Historic Landmark, was the home of John Dickinson, a founding father of the United States, a framer and signer of the U.S. Constitution and “Penman of the Revolution.” The Georgian-style mansion stands as a memorial to this American patriot, legislator and farmer. The museum is a partner site in the First State National Historical Park.

John Dickinson Plantation mansion house
John Dickinson Plantation mansion house

The John Dickinson Plantation is administered by the Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs, an agency of the State of Delaware. The division enhances Delaware’s quality of life by preserving the state’s unique historical heritage, fostering community stability and economic vitality and providing educational programs and assistance to the general public on Delaware history. The division’s diverse array of services includes operation of five museums which are accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, administration of the State Historic Preservation Office, conservation of the state’s archaeological and historic-objects collections, operation of a conference center and management of historic properties across the state. Primary funding for division programs and services is provided by annual appropriations from the Delaware General Assembly and grants from the National Park Service, Department of the Interior, a federal agency. However, the contents and opinions expressed in the division’s programs and services do not necessarily reflect the views and policies of the Department of the Interior.

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Contact:
Jim Yurasek
Delaware Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs
Phone: 302-739-7787
E-mail: Jim.Yurasek@state.de.us
Web: http://history.delaware.gov

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