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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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  • A stop in the area has to include the Old State House. Hear about the history of Delaware and see the different chambers of the Old State House and artifacts. There are tour guides who will talk to yo...  more »
  • The Old Statehouse is located on the Green in downtown Dover and was the Capitol building at one time. We had planned just to have a quick look inside, but as soon as we entered, a member of staff wel...  more »
  • 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 »
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  • This is a rare 18th century state house, well maintained and located on historic Dover Green. Very knowledgeable staff and excellent programs. Excellent Saturday series for African American history month.
  • A beautifully restored building which used to be the seat of government in Delaware a few decades ago, as well as a court house much earlier in history. The tour guides have so much to tell you there is much more to see around the town after seeing this building. There is plenty of parking in the streets around the building.
  • The house itself is tiny, but the guide was very friendly and informative. It's free tour lasts about 15-20min.
  • Luciana was very informative and friendly. Enjoyed speaking with her!
  • Great small museum. Knowledgeable and helpful docents make this a place worth stopping at.
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