History in the First State

Central Delaware is home to the historic capital of Dover, and takes great pride in preserving our rich history, ensuring it’s never forgotten. Here are just a few ideas to get started, but we’ll leave the exploring up to you!


Day 1 & Day 2: These activities can be packed into one full day or split into two!


Start your day with a hearty breakfast at Countrie Eatery before a visit to the John Dickinson Plantation.This historic site offers insights into the life of John Dickinson, one of our Founding Fathers and “Penman of the Revolution.” Explore the plantation house, outbuildings, and grounds while learning about Dickinson’s contributions to American history.

Next, head to First State Heritage Park, Delaware’s first urban park without boundaries, and see the Old State House, the oldest surviving state house in the United States still in its original location. Take a guided tour to discover the building’s storied history, including its role in Delaware’s ratification of the U.S. Constitution in 1787.


While in Historic Downtown Dover, visit the Delaware Public Archives to delve into the state’s archival records and documents. Discover fascinating historical documents, photographs, and maps that offer insights into Delaware’s past. For lunch try 9 East Taphouse, for a fantastic dining experience with a beautiful view of Silver Lake. Spend the rest of the afternoon at the Delaware Agricultural Museum and Village, exploring exhibits showcasing Delaware’s agricultural heritage, or at the Air Mobility Command Museum, learning about aviation history and hearing from Veterans who have worked on many of the aircraft on site. 


For a delicious dinner after a day of history, a must try is 1857 Jackson House! A beautiful venue on the National Historic Registry, built in 1857 and located just across from Woodburn, the Governor’s House


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For more history itinerary ideas, check out our Educational Trips or see the full list of historic sites below!

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