“Separation—Freedom for Delaware” at the New Castle Court House Museum on June 9, 2019
(DOVER, Del.—May 30, 2019)—On Sunday, June 9, 2019, the New Castle Court House Museum, located at 211 Delaware St. in New Castle, Del., will present “Separation—Freedom for Delaware,” a series of programs held in conjunction with New Castle’s Separation Day celebrations. Now marking its 243rd anniversary, Separation Day commemorates June 15, 1776, the date when the Delaware Assembly, meeting in this same New Castle Court House, passed a resolution of separation from both Pennsylvania and Great Britain, creating the Delaware State.
“Separation—Freedom for Delaware” activities will include demonstrations by the First Delaware Regiment from 1:30-4:30 p.m., and, “Caesar Rodney in his Own Words,” a historical play by museum historic-site interpreter David Price at 2 p.m. The play explores the views of the famed Delaware patriot whose ride to Philadelphia broke the tie in favor of the Declaration of Independence. Both activities will take place on the Green adjacent to the museum. Guests are encouraged to bring blankets, lawn chairs and bug spray. Admission is free for both of these museum-sponsored events, as well as tours of the New Castle Court House Museum. Admission is charged for other Separation Day activities. For additional information, call 302-323-4453.
Constructed in 1732, the New Castle Court House is one of the oldest active court buildings in the United States and was Delaware’s first state capitol. During its nearly 300 years of history, this National Historic Landmark has played pivotal roles in the political, social and commercial life of both New Castle and Delaware. The museum is a partner site in the First State National Historical Park.
The New Castle Court House Museum is administered by the Delaware 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.