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Old State House, Dover

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Old Statehouse is a historic state capitol building located on The Green at Dover, Kent County, Delaware. It was built between 1787 and 1792, and is a two-story, five bay, brick structure in a Middle Georgian style. The front facade features a fanlight over the center door and above it a Palladian window at the center of the second floor. It has a shingled side gabled roof topped with an octagonal cupola. A number of attached wings were added between 1836 and 1926. From 1792 to 1932 it was the sole seat of State government, while from 1792 until 1873 it served also as Kent County Court House.The state house was remodeled in 1873 to reflect a Victorian style and restored in 1976 to its original appearance. Extensive renovations of the State House also took place in 2007.It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1971. It is located in the Dover Green Historic District. It is now part of the Delaware National Historic Park and a museum run by the Delaware Division of Historic and Cultural Affairs. It can be toured Monday-Saturday 9-4:30 and Sundays 1:30-4:30 free of charge.
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  • August 7, 2017
    An interesting building that served as the state capitol from the late 18th century to the 1930s. Not a large building, but the original setup inside has been restored. An informal tour is offered and...  more »
  • July 30, 2017
    We paid a visit to this beautiful old state house as we were VIP. The free guide jumped on us to explain us everything to know on the building and the housed courts. Plenty of details full of history ...  more »
  • July 20, 2017
    A really interesting and pretty part of town. Lots of good historical info and interesting buildings.  more »
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  • April 26, 2016
    I visited the Old State House this past weekend, and it is worth a stop if you are in town sightseeing. It is one of the few places that is open on Sundays, and the historical interpretation was very well done. The docent gave a very thorough history of Delaware from colonial times through Delaware's secession from Pennsylvania and statehood, through the ratification of the Constitution (Delaware was the first state to ratify). The first floor of the Old State House is the old colonial court. There is a beautiful set of winding staircases on both sides of the building that take you up to the second floor, where the upper and lower legislative assemblies met. On this level, there is a unique portrait of Washington that is worth seeing.
  • February 5, 2017
    We had a great tour on Governor John Carney's Inauguration Day.
  • November 19, 2016
    Lots of history here! You can tour the building yourself, or tag along with a very talkative tour guide who might talk a bit too much and never let you see anything. But you'll learn a lot at least!
  • December 31, 2016
    wonderful historic structure of the American 18th century to visit
  • September 18, 2016
    Free tour around the state grounds, extremely informative with both general history and interesting antidotes.

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