John Dickinson Plantation, Dover

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The John Dickinson House, generally known as Poplar Hall, is located on the John Dickinson Plantation in Dover, a property owned by the State of Delaware and open to the public as a museum by the Delaware Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs and newly part of the Delaware National Historic Park. It was the boyhood home and sometime residence of the Founding Father and American revolutionary leader John Dickinson.The main house is an Early Georgian mansion and was built on a 13000acre plantation in 1739/40 by Judge Samuel Dickinson, the father of John Dickinson. Wings were added in 1752 and 1754. The house faced a nearby bend of the St. Jones River which is no longer there as the river has been straightened. The original house suffered major damage during a British raid in August 1781 and was nearly destroyed in a fire in 1804. John Dickinson lived there for extended periods only in 1776/77 and 1781/82, although he kept up a keen interest in the property and often visited. Purchased by the National Society of Colonial Dames of America in 1952, it was given to the State of Delaware and declared a National Historic Landmark in 1961.,John Dickinson (1732-1808) was a lawyer and politician who spent most of the time in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and Wilmington, Delaware. He was at various times a Continental Congressman from Pennsylvania and Delaware, a delegate to the U.S. Constitutional Convention of 1787, President of Delaware, and President of Pennsylvania. Among the wealthiest men in the American colonies, he became known as the Penman of the Revolution, for his Letters from a Farmer in Pennsylvania, where he eloquently argued the cause of American liberty. Although refusing to vote in favor of the Declaration of Independence in 1776, he supported the establishment of the new government during the American Revolution and afterward in many official capacities.
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  • We went as a family during school break. The Docent was very good and knowledgeable, and took the time to answer all of our six-year-old’s questions. It was well worth the visit on a cold December day...  more »
  • We attended for the third time the Dickinson Plantation with visiting friends. Very interesting history as it relates to Kent County and Sover,De.  more »
  • The John Dickinson Plantation is a great place to stop and tour. Start at the visitor center to watch a movie of the history of the plantation. You will then walk to John Dickinson's home with tour gu...  more »
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  • On this site can be seen the main John Dickinson house as well as other buildings where slaves lived. You leave here with a wealth of knowledge about early Delaware history and the wider history during the formative years of the country. The tour guides are very knowledgeable. Plan to spend 2 hours here.
  • This is a must-see if in Dover. You are greeted by staff wearing period pieces then shown an informative video before walking over to the mansion. The tour guide is waiting to greet you by the home. Each room had its purpose and our guide was a wealth of information. We made sure to give a donation to help preserve this treasure.
  • Okay visit. The plantation was beautiful and well maintained. The tour was not that great.
  • For critics of "No plantation should be a tourist site" didn't bother to find out that DICKINSON FREED HIS SLAVES while alive. For those former slaves who stayed, Dickinson housed and employed them. He fought the culture he was born into and corrected his behavior! He should be honored. Historic site worth seeing!
  • Excellent experience. Would recommend it to everyone. Our tour guide Chris was very knowledgeable, friendly and had excellent "people skills". An interesting and enjoyable experience!

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