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First State Heritage Park


Find Your Adventure at First State Heritage Park

Walking tour at First State Heritage Park

Take a Walking Tour

Join historical interpreters in 18th-century clothing as you walk through Dover’s historic Green and learn about the lives and times of the people who lived here across three centuries.

Legislative Hall in downtown Dover, Delaware

Visit Legislative Hall, the State Capitol

Tour the grand, Georgian-style building that has been home to Delaware’s General Assembly since 1933. Guided tours are offered most days throughout the year.

The Old State House at First State Heritage State Park

Stamp your National Park Service Passport

The Old State House is part of the First State National Historical Park. Visit the Old State House—Delaware’s first permanent capital building—to receive your National Park passport stamp.

Lantern Tour at First State Heritage State Park

Superintendent’s Pick: Take A Lantern Tour

Experience Dover with only your lantern to light the way. Hear true stories of historic Dover in generations past. These reservation-only tours are offered on select Thursday and Friday nights in the spring, summer, and fall.

About the Park

Delaware’s first urban park without boundaries, First State Heritage Park explores the stories of remarkable Delawareans and innovative governance in the First State. Interpreters clothed head-to-toe in Revolutionary garb await to lead visitors in signature thematic walking tours, seasonal lantern-lit programs, craft workshops, and special events highlighting bygone eras. Oriented around the Dover Green, where Revolutionary soldiers marched, the US Constitution was ratified, Freedom Seekers escaped slavery, and crusading suffragists expanded equality, there is so much to discover in this historic half-acre! Visitors begin their experience at the John Bell House before visiting other sites in walking distance, including the Old State House, Legislative Hall, The Biggs Museum of American Art, the Delaware Public Archives, and Johnson Victrola Museum. Take a step back in time or relax in soft grass beneath the towering trees that have shaded visitors for 150 years, all at First State Heritage Park.

First Saturdays in the First State

On the First Saturday of each month, we want to welcome citizens and guests of Dover with a series of thematic programs and events. There is something new every month! Programs at all First State Heritage Park sites. Check the calendar for details. While the major park attractions are open throughout the week, a variety of special programs and events are developed at each site for the first Saturday of each month, some buildings, like Governor's House at Woodburn and Courtroom# 1 at the Kent County Courthouse, are only open to the public on this day or by appointment.

Market Fair

Man in colonial costume talks to his horse at Market Fair takes place each November

First State Heritage Park's 18th Century Market Fair brings the past to life each November, with woodworkers and weavers, horners, blacksmiths and brewers, charlatans and shepherds, soldiers, seamstresses, soapmakers and more displaying their skills and their wares on Dover's historic Green. Learn more here

First State Heritage Park Sites

The Welcome Center is located within the Delaware Public Archives building.

Welcome Center & Galleries

121 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd.

The Welcome Center offers free parking, information about First State Heritage Park programs and events, a gallery of changing exhibits on Delaware history and a rotating display of Delaware's founding documents.

The Welcome Center is open but exhibits are not available

Visit the Welcome Center

Family Fun Nights

Biggs Museum of American Art

406 Federal Street

This independent, non-profit museum boasts an outstanding collection of 18th- through 21st-century Delaware and American fine and decorative arts.

Wednesday - Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., limited occupancy

$10 General Admission. Free for all members.

Call (302)674-2111 for other rates and discounts

Visit Biggs Museum

View the upcoming calendar of events

wodburn building exterior

Woodburn and Hall House

151 Kings Highway

Woodburn, the home of Delaware's governors since 1965, was built around 1798. Next door is the Victorian-era Hall House, which serves as the Governor's guest house.

Woodburn and Hall House are currently closed

Visit Woodburn

constitution of the state of delaware title

Delaware Public Archives

121 Martin Luther King J. Blvd. North

Delaware's Public Archives, one of the oldest archives in the country, contain materials from the 17th century to today.

Mabel Lloyd Ridgely Research Center

Monday - Friday, by appointment only

Visit Delaware Public Archives

colonial dressed tour guides and group on sidewalk in front of John Bell house

John Bell House

43 The Green

The John Bell House is closed.

Walking tours of The Green will be conducted Thursday-Saturday at 10:00 a.m., Noon, and 2:00 p.m. Masks required by anyone 2 years old and up regardless of vaccination status. Reservations required for walking tours and must be made 48 hours in advance by calling (302)-739-9194 or emailing TourFSHP@delaware.gov.

exterior view of Johnson Victrola museum. It's a large 2 story building with a red roof and red front door

Johnson Victrola Museum

375 S. New Street

Self-guided tours available Wednesday-Saturday at 10:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m., and 2:00 p.m. Reservations are required. Masks required regardless of vaccination status.

Visit Johnson Victrola Museum

view from above looking down on raised seats in front of legislative hall

Legislative Hall

411 Legislative Avenue

A Georgian-style structure that has been home to Delaware's General Assembly since 1933.

Self-guided tours available Wednesday thru Friday: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

For group tours, please call (302) 739-9194.
Visit Legislative Hall

exterior view of state house

Old State House

25 The Green

Delaware's first permanent capitol building completed in 1791 on Dover's historic Green. The State House was the home of Delaware's General Assembly until 1933.

Guided tours available Wednesday-Saturday at 10:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m., and 3:00 p.m. Reservations are required. Masks required regardless of vaccination status.

Visit State House Museum

View the upcoming calendar of events

Upcoming Events

Daily Walking Tours and Programs

Thursday, January 27, 2022

10:00 AM

The Dover Green has been the heart of this capital since its 18th-century founding. Led by a knowledgeable interpreter, experience the stories of the sites and people that have defined the First State experience. There is always something new to discover each time you visit First State Heritage Park! Walking tours are offered at 10:00, 12:00, and 2:00 by advance registration only. Book your experience today by calling 302-739-9194 or emailing TourFSHP@delaware.gov.

Add to Calendar 1/27/2022 10:00:00 AM 1/27/2022 3:30:00 PM America/New_York Daily Walking Tours and Programs The Dover Green has been the heart of this capital since its 18th-century founding. Led by a knowledgeable interpreter, experience the stories of the sites and people that have defined the First State experience. There is always something new to discover each time you visit First State Heritage Park! Walking tours are offered at 10:00, 12:00, and 2:00 by advance registration only. Book your experience today by calling 302-739-9194 or emailing TourFSHP@delaware.gov. First State Heritage Park

Daily Walking Tours and Programs

Friday, January 28, 2022

10:00 AM

The Dover Green has been the heart of this capital since its 18th-century founding. Led by a knowledgeable interpreter, experience the stories of the sites and people that have defined the First State experience. There is always something new to discover each time you visit First State Heritage Park! Walking tours are offered at 10:00, 12:00, and 2:00 by advance registration only. Book your experience today by calling 302-739-9194 or emailing TourFSHP@delaware.gov.

Add to Calendar 1/28/2022 10:00:00 AM 1/28/2022 3:30:00 PM America/New_York Daily Walking Tours and Programs The Dover Green has been the heart of this capital since its 18th-century founding. Led by a knowledgeable interpreter, experience the stories of the sites and people that have defined the First State experience. There is always something new to discover each time you visit First State Heritage Park! Walking tours are offered at 10:00, 12:00, and 2:00 by advance registration only. Book your experience today by calling 302-739-9194 or emailing TourFSHP@delaware.gov. First State Heritage Park

Daily Walking Tours and Programs

Saturday, January 29, 2022

10:00 AM

The Dover Green has been the heart of this capital since its 18th-century founding. Led by a knowledgeable interpreter, experience the stories of the sites and people that have defined the First State experience. There is always something new to discover each time you visit First State Heritage Park! Walking tours are offered at 10:00, 12:00, and 2:00 by advance registration only. Book your experience today by calling 302-739-9194 or emailing TourFSHP@delaware.gov.

Add to Calendar 1/29/2022 10:00:00 AM 1/29/2022 3:30:00 PM America/New_York Daily Walking Tours and Programs The Dover Green has been the heart of this capital since its 18th-century founding. Led by a knowledgeable interpreter, experience the stories of the sites and people that have defined the First State experience. There is always something new to discover each time you visit First State Heritage Park! Walking tours are offered at 10:00, 12:00, and 2:00 by advance registration only. Book your experience today by calling 302-739-9194 or emailing TourFSHP@delaware.gov. First State Heritage Park

Daily Walking Tours and Programs

Wednesday, February 2, 2022

9:00 AM

The Dover Green has been the heart of this capital since its 18th-century founding. Led by a knowledgeable interpreter, experience the stories of the sites and people that have defined the First State experience. There is always something new to discover each time you visit First State Heritage Park! Walking tours are offered hourly from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Add to Calendar 2/2/2022 9:00:00 AM 2/2/2022 3:30:00 PM America/New_York Daily Walking Tours and Programs The Dover Green has been the heart of this capital since its 18th-century founding. Led by a knowledgeable interpreter, experience the stories of the sites and people that have defined the First State experience. There is always something new to discover each time you visit First State Heritage Park! Walking tours are offered hourly from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. First State Heritage Park

Daily Walking Tours and Programs

Thursday, February 3, 2022

9:00 AM

The Dover Green has been the heart of this capital since its 18th-century founding. Led by a knowledgeable interpreter, experience the stories of the sites and people that have defined the First State experience. There is always something new to discover each time you visit First State Heritage Park! Walking tours are offered hourly from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Add to Calendar 2/3/2022 9:00:00 AM 2/3/2022 3:30:00 PM America/New_York Daily Walking Tours and Programs The Dover Green has been the heart of this capital since its 18th-century founding. Led by a knowledgeable interpreter, experience the stories of the sites and people that have defined the First State experience. There is always something new to discover each time you visit First State Heritage Park! Walking tours are offered hourly from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. First State Heritage Park

Daily Walking Tours and Programs

Friday, February 4, 2022

9:00 AM

The Dover Green has been the heart of this capital since its 18th-century founding. Led by a knowledgeable interpreter, experience the stories of the sites and people that have defined the First State experience. There is always something new to discover each time you visit First State Heritage Park! Walking tours are offered hourly from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Add to Calendar 2/4/2022 9:00:00 AM 2/4/2022 3:30:00 PM America/New_York Daily Walking Tours and Programs The Dover Green has been the heart of this capital since its 18th-century founding. Led by a knowledgeable interpreter, experience the stories of the sites and people that have defined the First State experience. There is always something new to discover each time you visit First State Heritage Park! Walking tours are offered hourly from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. First State Heritage Park

Daily Walking Tours and Programs

Saturday, February 5, 2022

9:00 AM

The Dover Green has been the heart of this capital since its 18th-century founding. Led by a knowledgeable interpreter, experience the stories of the sites and people that have defined the First State experience. There is always something new to discover each time you visit First State Heritage Park! Walking tours are offered hourly from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Add to Calendar 2/5/2022 9:00:00 AM 2/5/2022 3:30:00 PM America/New_York Daily Walking Tours and Programs The Dover Green has been the heart of this capital since its 18th-century founding. Led by a knowledgeable interpreter, experience the stories of the sites and people that have defined the First State experience. There is always something new to discover each time you visit First State Heritage Park! Walking tours are offered hourly from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. First State Heritage Park

Daily Walking Tours and Programs

Wednesday, February 9, 2022

9:00 AM

The Dover Green has been the heart of this capital since its 18th-century founding. Led by a knowledgeable interpreter, experience the stories of the sites and people that have defined the First State experience. There is always something new to discover each time you visit First State Heritage Park! Walking tours are offered hourly from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Add to Calendar 2/9/2022 9:00:00 AM 2/9/2022 3:30:00 PM America/New_York Daily Walking Tours and Programs The Dover Green has been the heart of this capital since its 18th-century founding. Led by a knowledgeable interpreter, experience the stories of the sites and people that have defined the First State experience. There is always something new to discover each time you visit First State Heritage Park! Walking tours are offered hourly from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. First State Heritage Park

Daily Walking Tours and Programs

Thursday, February 10, 2022

9:00 AM

The Dover Green has been the heart of this capital since its 18th-century founding. Led by a knowledgeable interpreter, experience the stories of the sites and people that have defined the First State experience. There is always something new to discover each time you visit First State Heritage Park! Walking tours are offered hourly from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Add to Calendar 2/10/2022 9:00:00 AM 2/10/2022 3:30:00 PM America/New_York Daily Walking Tours and Programs The Dover Green has been the heart of this capital since its 18th-century founding. Led by a knowledgeable interpreter, experience the stories of the sites and people that have defined the First State experience. There is always something new to discover each time you visit First State Heritage Park! Walking tours are offered hourly from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. First State Heritage Park

Daily Walking Tours and Programs

Friday, February 11, 2022

9:00 AM

The Dover Green has been the heart of this capital since its 18th-century founding. Led by a knowledgeable interpreter, experience the stories of the sites and people that have defined the First State experience. There is always something new to discover each time you visit First State Heritage Park! Walking tours are offered hourly from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Add to Calendar 2/11/2022 9:00:00 AM 2/11/2022 3:30:00 PM America/New_York Daily Walking Tours and Programs The Dover Green has been the heart of this capital since its 18th-century founding. Led by a knowledgeable interpreter, experience the stories of the sites and people that have defined the First State experience. There is always something new to discover each time you visit First State Heritage Park! Walking tours are offered hourly from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. First State Heritage Park

Daily Walking Tours and Programs

Saturday, February 12, 2022

9:00 AM

The Dover Green has been the heart of this capital since its 18th-century founding. Led by a knowledgeable interpreter, experience the stories of the sites and people that have defined the First State experience. There is always something new to discover each time you visit First State Heritage Park! Walking tours are offered hourly from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Add to Calendar 2/12/2022 9:00:00 AM 2/12/2022 3:30:00 PM America/New_York Daily Walking Tours and Programs The Dover Green has been the heart of this capital since its 18th-century founding. Led by a knowledgeable interpreter, experience the stories of the sites and people that have defined the First State experience. There is always something new to discover each time you visit First State Heritage Park! Walking tours are offered hourly from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. First State Heritage Park

Winter Workshop: Heart-shaped Pincushions

Saturday, February 12, 2022

10:00 AM

Valentine's Day is almost here! Give an unmistakable token of affection both from the heart with a useful purpose: a heart-shaped pincushion. This common accessory is inspired by surviving 18th-century examples and will teach you all the basics of hand-sewing. Drop in the John Bell House from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. for this craft, great for adults and families with children 6 and up! Beginner: No Sewing Experience Required! $5 per participant

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Add to Calendar 2/12/2022 10:00:00 AM 2/12/2022 3:00:00 PM America/New_York Winter Workshop: Heart-shaped Pincushions Valentine's Day is almost here! Give an unmistakable token of affection both from the heart with a useful purpose: a heart-shaped pincushion. This common accessory is inspired by surviving 18th-century examples and will teach you all the basics of hand-sewing. Drop in the John Bell House from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. for this craft, great for adults and families with children 6 and up! Beginner: No Sewing Experience Required! $5 per participant First State Heritage Park

Daily Walking Tours and Programs

Wednesday, February 16, 2022

9:00 AM

The Dover Green has been the heart of this capital since its 18th-century founding. Led by a knowledgeable interpreter, experience the stories of the sites and people that have defined the First State experience. There is always something new to discover each time you visit First State Heritage Park! Walking tours are offered hourly from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Add to Calendar 2/16/2022 9:00:00 AM 2/16/2022 3:30:00 PM America/New_York Daily Walking Tours and Programs The Dover Green has been the heart of this capital since its 18th-century founding. Led by a knowledgeable interpreter, experience the stories of the sites and people that have defined the First State experience. There is always something new to discover each time you visit First State Heritage Park! Walking tours are offered hourly from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. First State Heritage Park

Daily Walking Tours and Programs

Thursday, February 17, 2022

9:00 AM

The Dover Green has been the heart of this capital since its 18th-century founding. Led by a knowledgeable interpreter, experience the stories of the sites and people that have defined the First State experience. There is always something new to discover each time you visit First State Heritage Park! Walking tours are offered hourly from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Add to Calendar 2/17/2022 9:00:00 AM 2/17/2022 3:30:00 PM America/New_York Daily Walking Tours and Programs The Dover Green has been the heart of this capital since its 18th-century founding. Led by a knowledgeable interpreter, experience the stories of the sites and people that have defined the First State experience. There is always something new to discover each time you visit First State Heritage Park! Walking tours are offered hourly from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. First State Heritage Park

Daily Walking Tours and Programs

Friday, February 18, 2022

9:00 AM

The Dover Green has been the heart of this capital since its 18th-century founding. Led by a knowledgeable interpreter, experience the stories of the sites and people that have defined the First State experience. There is always something new to discover each time you visit First State Heritage Park! Walking tours are offered hourly from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Add to Calendar 2/18/2022 9:00:00 AM 2/18/2022 3:30:00 PM America/New_York Daily Walking Tours and Programs The Dover Green has been the heart of this capital since its 18th-century founding. Led by a knowledgeable interpreter, experience the stories of the sites and people that have defined the First State experience. There is always something new to discover each time you visit First State Heritage Park! Walking tours are offered hourly from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. First State Heritage Park

Daily Walking Tours and Programs

Saturday, February 19, 2022

9:00 AM

The Dover Green has been the heart of this capital since its 18th-century founding. Led by a knowledgeable interpreter, experience the stories of the sites and people that have defined the First State experience. There is always something new to discover each time you visit First State Heritage Park! Walking tours are offered hourly from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Add to Calendar 2/19/2022 9:00:00 AM 2/19/2022 3:30:00 PM America/New_York Daily Walking Tours and Programs The Dover Green has been the heart of this capital since its 18th-century founding. Led by a knowledgeable interpreter, experience the stories of the sites and people that have defined the First State experience. There is always something new to discover each time you visit First State Heritage Park! Walking tours are offered hourly from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. First State Heritage Park

Daily Walking Tours and Programs

Wednesday, February 23, 2022

9:00 AM

The Dover Green has been the heart of this capital since its 18th-century founding. Led by a knowledgeable interpreter, experience the stories of the sites and people that have defined the First State experience. There is always something new to discover each time you visit First State Heritage Park! Walking tours are offered hourly from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Add to Calendar 2/23/2022 9:00:00 AM 2/23/2022 3:30:00 PM America/New_York Daily Walking Tours and Programs The Dover Green has been the heart of this capital since its 18th-century founding. Led by a knowledgeable interpreter, experience the stories of the sites and people that have defined the First State experience. There is always something new to discover each time you visit First State Heritage Park! Walking tours are offered hourly from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. First State Heritage Park

Daily Walking Tours and Programs

Thursday, February 24, 2022

9:00 AM

The Dover Green has been the heart of this capital since its 18th-century founding. Led by a knowledgeable interpreter, experience the stories of the sites and people that have defined the First State experience. There is always something new to discover each time you visit First State Heritage Park! Walking tours are offered hourly from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Add to Calendar 2/24/2022 9:00:00 AM 2/24/2022 3:30:00 PM America/New_York Daily Walking Tours and Programs The Dover Green has been the heart of this capital since its 18th-century founding. Led by a knowledgeable interpreter, experience the stories of the sites and people that have defined the First State experience. There is always something new to discover each time you visit First State Heritage Park! Walking tours are offered hourly from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. First State Heritage Park

Daily Walking Tours and Programs

Friday, February 25, 2022

9:00 AM

The Dover Green has been the heart of this capital since its 18th-century founding. Led by a knowledgeable interpreter, experience the stories of the sites and people that have defined the First State experience. There is always something new to discover each time you visit First State Heritage Park! Walking tours are offered hourly from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Add to Calendar 2/25/2022 9:00:00 AM 2/25/2022 3:30:00 PM America/New_York Daily Walking Tours and Programs The Dover Green has been the heart of this capital since its 18th-century founding. Led by a knowledgeable interpreter, experience the stories of the sites and people that have defined the First State experience. There is always something new to discover each time you visit First State Heritage Park! Walking tours are offered hourly from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. First State Heritage Park

Daily Walking Tours and Programs

Saturday, February 26, 2022

9:00 AM

The Dover Green has been the heart of this capital since its 18th-century founding. Led by a knowledgeable interpreter, experience the stories of the sites and people that have defined the First State experience. There is always something new to discover each time you visit First State Heritage Park! Walking tours are offered hourly from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Add to Calendar 2/26/2022 9:00:00 AM 2/26/2022 3:30:00 PM America/New_York Daily Walking Tours and Programs The Dover Green has been the heart of this capital since its 18th-century founding. Led by a knowledgeable interpreter, experience the stories of the sites and people that have defined the First State experience. There is always something new to discover each time you visit First State Heritage Park! Walking tours are offered hourly from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. First State Heritage Park

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