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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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  • Decided to check out some local points of interest. We arrived and were greeted by a woman in period clothes, who welcomed us and explained what there was to see. Watched a video which told of the Dic...  more »
  • We decided to visit the Plantation for a quick trip back in time. It was educational and the tour guide gave us an education on how things were then. It was a great lil place to tour. 
  • The film is helpful in putting Dickinson into history. Tour of his boyhood home is interesting, but not exciting. 
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  • 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.
  • Had a great time! But there was a mist in the air and my friend Kyle got scared...
  • Although the thought of a plantation as a historic site is uncomfortable, it is important to see what life was like during the period and the way the owners and slaves lived to encourage us to never move backwards on our way to equality.
  • The plantation is a historic rendering of plantation life in the early days od Delaware
  • Nice history lesson for kids.