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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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  • We took a guided tour and learned quite a bit of history of the area. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable. The building is colonial, so if you are interested in history, you will enjoy visiting. Peo...  more »
  • Both the current capitol and the Old State House are worth the time spent to tour them. History is that when the capital was relocated from NewCastle (too close to British-occupied Philly during the R...  more »
  • The tiny original state house is well worth a short 10-15 minute visit if you are in Dover - it is really small, so won't take any longer! The square it's on is very picturesque and entry is free of c...  more »
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  • 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.
  • Free tour around the state grounds, extremely informative with both general history and interesting antidotes.
  • Another great living history site housed in the original state legislature and court house with informative guides in authentic period garb. Lovely revolutionary period portraiture, on the walls, including Delaware's life size portrait of George Washington.
  • Great tours during old Dover days.
  • Very nice building of the state capitol in Delaware