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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  • After living in Dover for the last several years, we decided to finally visit the plantation. After arriving at the visitors center and watching the short video, we were given a short lecture by a ver...  more »
  • A friendly tour staff and a wonderful place to visit. Very informed staff and a real gem of a house. Video was a good introduction to John Dickinson's life and the family home. Walk around the grounds...  more »
  • A must see for history buffs. I learned so much during this tour. You start with a short film and then read various plaques about those who rented from the Dickinsons'. Then a short stroll to the refu...  more »
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  • 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!
  • 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!
  • Fascinating history and amazing views. Knowledgeable tour guides in the house, and there was even a cook in the kitchen baking gingerbread - all in period dress. Absolutely worth a visit!
  • A nice Colonial era home to explore on the way to the Delaware beaches. The movie was interesting, yet long, describing John Dickinson's life and passions. The tour of the home was especially interesting and thorough. The tour guide answered all questions with a breadth of knowledge. Grounds and house are particularly photogenic.
  • Burn it to the ground and one could truly speak of it as "History".

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