First State Heritage Park's Market Fair FAQ


First State Heritage Park Market Fair

WHAT IS MARKET FAIR?

In the mid-1700s, The Green in Dover was the scene of autumn market fairs. Local tradespeople and travelling merchants exchanged goods, while entertainments of all sorts brought excitement to the town. Today these sights and sounds return to The Green, The Old State House, the John Bell House, the Dover Century Club and the site of Battell’s Golden Fleece tavern.

WHAT IS THERE TO DO?

Celebrate fall as they did in the 18th century! Meet living history characters, enjoy 18th-century style entertainers, watch trades & craft demonstrations, purchase hand-crafted items and period reproductions throughout the day. There is something for everyone!

HOW MUCH TIME WILL I NEED?

Market Fair begins at 10 a.m. and lasts until 4 p.m. Stay all day or stay just a short time; you will need at least a few hours to take in everything.

IS THERE A SCHEDULE OF EVENTS?

There are things happening all day long. Some entertainers are appearing at specific times. Check out the schedule at the bottom and pick out what timed shows you will like best so you don’t miss out.

WILL CHILDREN ENJOY IT?

This is a perfect event for the whole family. Children will enjoy all the Market Fair activities, but look for the special symbol in the program that designates special hands-on opportunities for children.

WHAT IF IT RAINS?

MARKET FAIR IS A RAIN OR SHINE EVENT. Be sure to dress for the weather! Most entertainments and tradespeople scheduled outdoors on The Green will move to indoor locations as noted in the program. All activities already located indoors will continue as scheduled.

WHERE SHOULD I PARK?

State Street will be closed from Water Street to North Street. Free all-day parking is available at numerous locations near the Market Fair, marked on the map with this symbol [P]. Free on-street parking is also available around Legislative Mall.

ARE THERE PUBLIC RESTROOMS?

Public Restrooms are available in the Biggs Museum, the First State Heritage Park Welcome Center and Legislative Hall. Portable restrooms are located behind the Old State House. Look for this symbol &^& on the map.

WILL THERE BE SOMETHING TO EAT?

Enjoy a tasty lunch or sweet treats from one of several vendors:

The Dover Century Club is transformed into the Market Fair Inn to feed hungry visitors pulled pork and smoked chicken sandwiches, beef hotdogs, fall sweet treats, hot chocolate, hot cider and water.

Fifer Orchards returns to sell their famous apple cider donuts and cider.

The Cobblestone Café is also located right around the corner.

Old World Bakery from Lewes will be bringing bread and authentic sweet treats.

CAN I BRING MY PETS?

All people-friendly pets are welcome! First State Heritage Park is located in the City of Dover, so all regulations should be followed. All pets must be on a 6-foot leash.

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?

Admission to Market Fair is free, but you will be able to buy food and drink. Some demonstrators will also be offering goods for sale.