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First State Heritage Park


Find Your Adventure at First State Heritage Park

Walking tour at First State Heritage Park

Take a Walking Tour

Join historical interpreters in 18th-century clothing as you walk through Dover’s historic Green and learn about the lives and times of the people who lived here across three centuries.

Legislative Hall in downtown Dover, Delaware

Visit Legislative Hall, the State Capitol

Tour the grand, Georgian-style building that has been home to Delaware’s General Assembly since 1933. Guided tours are offered most days throughout the year.

The Old State House at First State Heritage State Park

Stamp your National Park Service Passport

The Old State House is part of the First State National Historical Park. Visit the Old State House—Delaware’s first permanent capital building—to receive your National Park passport stamp.

Lantern Tour at First State Heritage State Park

Superintendent’s Pick: Take A Lantern Tour

Experience Dover with only your lantern to light the way. Hear true stories of historic Dover in generations past. These reservation-only tours are offered on select Thursday and Friday nights in the spring, summer, and fall.

About the Park

The First State Heritage Park is Delaware's first urban "park without boundaries" linking historic and cultural sites in the city that has been the seat of state government since 1777. It is a partnership of state and city agencies under the leadership of Delaware State Parks.

First Saturdays in the First State

On the First Saturday of each month, we want to welcome citizens and guests of Dover with a series of thematic programs and events. There is something new every month! Programs at all First State Heritage Park sites. Check the calendar for details. While the major park attractions are open throughout the week, a variety of special programs and events are developed at each site for the first Saturday of each month, some buildings, like Governor's House at Woodburn and Courtroom# 1 at the Kent County Courthouse, are only open to the public on this day or by appointment.

Market Fair

Man in colonial costume talks to his horse at Market Fair takes place each November

First State Heritage Park's 18th Century Market Fair brings the past to life each November, with woodworkers and weavers, horners, blacksmiths and brewers, charlatans and shepherds, soldiers, seamstresses, soapmakers and more displaying their skills and their wares on Dover's historic Green.

First State Heritage Park Sites

The Welcome Center is located within the Delaware Public Archives building.

Welcome Center & Galleries

121 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd.

The Welcome Center offers free parking, information about First State Heritage Park programs and events, a gallery of changing exhibits on Delaware history and a rotating display of Delaware's founding documents.

The Welcome Center is open but exhibits are not available

Visit the Welcome Center

Family Fun Nights

Biggs Museum of American Art

406 Federal Street

This independent, non-profit museum boasts an outstanding collection of 18th- through 21st-century Delaware and American fine and decorative arts.

Wednesday - Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., limited occupancy

$10 General Admission. Free for all members.

Call (302)674-2111 for other rates and discounts

Visit Biggs Museum

wodburn building exterior

Woodburn and Hall House

151 Kings Highway

Woodburn, the home of Delaware's governors since 1965, was built around 1798. Next door is the Victorian-era Hall House, which serves as the Governor's guest house.

Woodburn and Hall House are currently closed

Visit Woodburn

constitution of the state of delaware title

Delaware Public Archives

121 Martin Luther King J. Blvd. North

Delaware's Public Archives, one of the oldest archives in the country, contain materials from the 17th century to today.

Mabel Lloyd Ridgely Research Center

Monday - Friday, by appointment only

Visit Delaware Public Archives

colonial dressed tour guides and group on sidewalk in front of John Bell house

John Bell House

43 The Green

The oldest wooden structure on The Green serves as the interpretive center for the First State Heritage Park, where visitors can learn about the history of Dover and take thematic walking tours around Dover’s historic Green.

John Bell House is offering tours Fridays and Saturdays at 10:00 a.m., Noon, and 2:00 p.m., pre-registration is required.

exterior view of Johnson Victrola museum. It's a large 2 story building with a red roof and red front door

Johnson Victrola Museum

375 S. New Street

A premier collection of its kind, displaying sound recording industry items dating from the 1890's through 1929. The museum honors Eldridge Reeves Johnson of Dover, who founded the Victor Talking Machine Company in 1901.

Wednesday - Saturday, by appointment only

Visit Johnson Victrola Museum

view from above looking down on raised seats in front of legislative hall

Legislative Hall

411 Legislative Avenue

A Georgian-style structure that has been home to Delaware's General Assembly since 1933.

Currently closed

Group tours require advance scheduling. Please call (302) 739-9194. Visit Legislative Hall

exterior view of state house

Old State House

25 The Green

Delaware's first permanent capitol building completed in 1791 on Dover's historic Green. The State House was the home of Delaware's General Assembly until 1933.

Wednesday - Sunday, by appointment only

Visit State House Museum

Upcoming Events

Stories of the Green Walking Tour

Thursday, May 13, 2021

10:00 AM

The Dover Green has been the heart of this capital since its 18th-century founding. Led by a knowledgeable interpreter, experience the stories of the sites and people that have defined the First State experience. Tours must be reserved in advance. Call 302-739-9194 or email TourFSHP@delaware.gov to book. Free

Add to Calendar 5/13/2021 10:00:00 AM 5/13/2021 11:00:00 AM America/New_York Stories of the Green Walking Tour The Dover Green has been the heart of this capital since its 18th-century founding. Led by a knowledgeable interpreter, experience the stories of the sites and people that have defined the First State experience. Tours must be reserved in advance. Call 302-739-9194 or email TourFSHP@delaware.gov to book. Free First State Heritage Park

Stories of the Green Walking Tour

Thursday, May 13, 2021

2:00 PM

The Dover Green has been the heart of this capital since its 18th-century founding. Led by a knowledgeable interpreter, experience the stories of the sites and people that have defined the First State experience. Tours must be reserved in advance. Call 302-739-9194 or email TourFSHP@delaware.gov to book. Free

Add to Calendar 5/13/2021 2:00:00 PM 5/13/2021 3:00:00 PM America/New_York Stories of the Green Walking Tour The Dover Green has been the heart of this capital since its 18th-century founding. Led by a knowledgeable interpreter, experience the stories of the sites and people that have defined the First State experience. Tours must be reserved in advance. Call 302-739-9194 or email TourFSHP@delaware.gov to book. Free First State Heritage Park

Stories of the Green Walking Tour

Friday, May 14, 2021

10:00 AM

The Dover Green has been the heart of this capital since its 18th-century founding. Led by a knowledgeable interpreter, experience the stories of the sites and people that have defined the First State experience. Tours must be reserved in advance. Call 302-739-9194 or email TourFSHP@delaware.gov to book. Free

Add to Calendar 5/14/2021 10:00:00 AM 5/14/2021 11:00:00 AM America/New_York Stories of the Green Walking Tour The Dover Green has been the heart of this capital since its 18th-century founding. Led by a knowledgeable interpreter, experience the stories of the sites and people that have defined the First State experience. Tours must be reserved in advance. Call 302-739-9194 or email TourFSHP@delaware.gov to book. Free First State Heritage Park

Stories of the Green Walking Tour

Friday, May 14, 2021

2:00 PM

The Dover Green has been the heart of this capital since its 18th-century founding. Led by a knowledgeable interpreter, experience the stories of the sites and people that have defined the First State experience. Tours must be reserved in advance. Call 302-739-9194 or email TourFSHP@delaware.gov to book. Free

Add to Calendar 5/14/2021 2:00:00 PM 5/14/2021 3:00:00 PM America/New_York Stories of the Green Walking Tour The Dover Green has been the heart of this capital since its 18th-century founding. Led by a knowledgeable interpreter, experience the stories of the sites and people that have defined the First State experience. Tours must be reserved in advance. Call 302-739-9194 or email TourFSHP@delaware.gov to book. Free First State Heritage Park

Lantern Tour: The Dover Green

Friday, May 14, 2021

8:30 PM

Some stories are best told after dark! Hear forgotten stories as your guide leads you into the mists of the past by lantern light. Space is limited, so book today! Contact us at 302-739-9194 or email TourFSHP@delaware.gov. Lantern Tours cancelled due to inclement weather may not be rescheduled. $10 per person

Add to Calendar 5/14/2021 8:30:00 PM 5/14/2021 9:30:00 PM America/New_York Lantern Tour: The Dover Green Some stories are best told after dark! Hear forgotten stories as your guide leads you into the mists of the past by lantern light. Space is limited, so book today! Contact us at 302-739-9194 or email TourFSHP@delaware.gov. Lantern Tours cancelled due to inclement weather may not be rescheduled. $10 per person First State Heritage Park

Stories of the Green Walking Tour

Saturday, May 15, 2021

10:00 AM

The Dover Green has been the heart of this capital since its 18th-century founding. Led by a knowledgeable interpreter, experience the stories of the sites and people that have defined the First State experience. Tours must be reserved in advance. Call 302-739-9194 or email TourFSHP@delaware.gov to book. Free

Add to Calendar 5/15/2021 10:00:00 AM 5/15/2021 11:00:00 AM America/New_York Stories of the Green Walking Tour The Dover Green has been the heart of this capital since its 18th-century founding. Led by a knowledgeable interpreter, experience the stories of the sites and people that have defined the First State experience. Tours must be reserved in advance. Call 302-739-9194 or email TourFSHP@delaware.gov to book. Free First State Heritage Park

Stories of the Green Walking Tour

Saturday, May 15, 2021

12:00 PM

The Dover Green has been the heart of this capital since its 18th-century founding. Led by a knowledgeable interpreter, experience the stories of the sites and people that have defined the First State experience. Tours must be reserved in advance. Call 302-739-9194 or email TourFSHP@delaware.gov to book. Free

Add to Calendar 5/15/2021 12:00:00 PM 5/15/2021 1:00:00 PM America/New_York Stories of the Green Walking Tour The Dover Green has been the heart of this capital since its 18th-century founding. Led by a knowledgeable interpreter, experience the stories of the sites and people that have defined the First State experience. Tours must be reserved in advance. Call 302-739-9194 or email TourFSHP@delaware.gov to book. Free First State Heritage Park

Stories of the Green Walking Tour

Saturday, May 15, 2021

2:00 PM

The Dover Green has been the heart of this capital since its 18th-century founding. Led by a knowledgeable interpreter, experience the stories of the sites and people that have defined the First State experience. Tours must be reserved in advance. Call 302-739-9194 or email TourFSHP@delaware.gov to book. Free

Add to Calendar 5/15/2021 2:00:00 PM 5/15/2021 3:00:00 PM America/New_York Stories of the Green Walking Tour The Dover Green has been the heart of this capital since its 18th-century founding. Led by a knowledgeable interpreter, experience the stories of the sites and people that have defined the First State experience. Tours must be reserved in advance. Call 302-739-9194 or email TourFSHP@delaware.gov to book. Free First State Heritage Park

Stories of the Green Walking Tour

Sunday, May 16, 2021

12:00 PM

The Dover Green has been the heart of this capital since its 18th-century founding. Led by a knowledgeable interpreter, experience the stories of the sites and people that have defined the First State experience. Tours must be reserved in advance. Call 302-739-9194 or email TourFSHP@delaware.gov to book. Free

Add to Calendar 5/16/2021 12:00:00 PM 5/16/2021 1:00:00 PM America/New_York Stories of the Green Walking Tour The Dover Green has been the heart of this capital since its 18th-century founding. Led by a knowledgeable interpreter, experience the stories of the sites and people that have defined the First State experience. Tours must be reserved in advance. Call 302-739-9194 or email TourFSHP@delaware.gov to book. Free First State Heritage Park

Stories of the Green Walking Tour

Thursday, May 20, 2021

10:00 AM

The Dover Green has been the heart of this capital since its 18th-century founding. Led by a knowledgeable interpreter, experience the stories of the sites and people that have defined the First State experience. Tours must be reserved in advance. Call 302-739-9194 or email TourFSHP@delaware.gov to book. Free

Add to Calendar 5/20/2021 10:00:00 AM 5/20/2021 11:00:00 AM America/New_York Stories of the Green Walking Tour The Dover Green has been the heart of this capital since its 18th-century founding. Led by a knowledgeable interpreter, experience the stories of the sites and people that have defined the First State experience. Tours must be reserved in advance. Call 302-739-9194 or email TourFSHP@delaware.gov to book. Free First State Heritage Park

Stories of the Green Walking Tour

Thursday, May 20, 2021

2:00 PM

The Dover Green has been the heart of this capital since its 18th-century founding. Led by a knowledgeable interpreter, experience the stories of the sites and people that have defined the First State experience. Tours must be reserved in advance. Call 302-739-9194 or email TourFSHP@delaware.gov to book. Free

Add to Calendar 5/20/2021 2:00:00 PM 5/20/2021 3:00:00 PM America/New_York Stories of the Green Walking Tour The Dover Green has been the heart of this capital since its 18th-century founding. Led by a knowledgeable interpreter, experience the stories of the sites and people that have defined the First State experience. Tours must be reserved in advance. Call 302-739-9194 or email TourFSHP@delaware.gov to book. Free First State Heritage Park

Stories of the Green Walking Tour

Friday, May 21, 2021

10:00 AM

The Dover Green has been the heart of this capital since its 18th-century founding. Led by a knowledgeable interpreter, experience the stories of the sites and people that have defined the First State experience. Tours must be reserved in advance. Call 302-739-9194 or email TourFSHP@delaware.gov to book. Free

Add to Calendar 5/21/2021 10:00:00 AM 5/21/2021 11:00:00 AM America/New_York Stories of the Green Walking Tour The Dover Green has been the heart of this capital since its 18th-century founding. Led by a knowledgeable interpreter, experience the stories of the sites and people that have defined the First State experience. Tours must be reserved in advance. Call 302-739-9194 or email TourFSHP@delaware.gov to book. Free First State Heritage Park

Stories of the Green Walking Tour

Friday, May 21, 2021

2:00 PM

The Dover Green has been the heart of this capital since its 18th-century founding. Led by a knowledgeable interpreter, experience the stories of the sites and people that have defined the First State experience. Tours must be reserved in advance. Call 302-739-9194 or email TourFSHP@delaware.gov to book. Free

Add to Calendar 5/21/2021 2:00:00 PM 5/21/2021 3:00:00 PM America/New_York Stories of the Green Walking Tour The Dover Green has been the heart of this capital since its 18th-century founding. Led by a knowledgeable interpreter, experience the stories of the sites and people that have defined the First State experience. Tours must be reserved in advance. Call 302-739-9194 or email TourFSHP@delaware.gov to book. Free First State Heritage Park

Lantern Tour: The Dover Green

Friday, May 21, 2021

8:30 PM

Some stories are best told after dark! Hear forgotten stories as your guide leads you into the mists of the past by lantern light. Space is limited, so book today! Contact us at 302-739-9194 or email TourFSHP@delaware.gov. Lantern Tours cancelled due to inclement weather may not be rescheduled. $10 per person

Add to Calendar 5/21/2021 8:30:00 PM 5/21/2021 9:30:00 PM America/New_York Lantern Tour: The Dover Green Some stories are best told after dark! Hear forgotten stories as your guide leads you into the mists of the past by lantern light. Space is limited, so book today! Contact us at 302-739-9194 or email TourFSHP@delaware.gov. Lantern Tours cancelled due to inclement weather may not be rescheduled. $10 per person First State Heritage Park

Lantern Tour: The Dover Green

Friday, May 21, 2021

8:30 PM

Some stories are best told after dark! Hear forgotten stories as your guide leads you into the mists of the past by lantern light. Space is limited, so book today! Contact us at 302-739-9194 or email TourFSHP@delaware.gov. Lantern Tours cancelled due to inclement weather may not be rescheduled. $10 per person

Add to Calendar 5/21/2021 8:30:00 PM 5/21/2021 9:30:00 PM America/New_York Lantern Tour: The Dover Green Some stories are best told after dark! Hear forgotten stories as your guide leads you into the mists of the past by lantern light. Space is limited, so book today! Contact us at 302-739-9194 or email TourFSHP@delaware.gov. Lantern Tours cancelled due to inclement weather may not be rescheduled. $10 per person First State Heritage Park

Stories of the Green Walking Tour

Saturday, May 22, 2021

10:00 AM

The Dover Green has been the heart of this capital since its 18th-century founding. Led by a knowledgeable interpreter, experience the stories of the sites and people that have defined the First State experience. Tours must be reserved in advance. Call 302-739-9194 or email TourFSHP@delaware.gov to book. Free

Add to Calendar 5/22/2021 10:00:00 AM 5/22/2021 11:00:00 AM America/New_York Stories of the Green Walking Tour The Dover Green has been the heart of this capital since its 18th-century founding. Led by a knowledgeable interpreter, experience the stories of the sites and people that have defined the First State experience. Tours must be reserved in advance. Call 302-739-9194 or email TourFSHP@delaware.gov to book. Free First State Heritage Park

Stories of the Green Walking Tour

Saturday, May 22, 2021

12:00 PM

The Dover Green has been the heart of this capital since its 18th-century founding. Led by a knowledgeable interpreter, experience the stories of the sites and people that have defined the First State experience. Tours must be reserved in advance. Call 302-739-9194 or email TourFSHP@delaware.gov to book. Free

Add to Calendar 5/22/2021 12:00:00 PM 5/22/2021 1:00:00 PM America/New_York Stories of the Green Walking Tour The Dover Green has been the heart of this capital since its 18th-century founding. Led by a knowledgeable interpreter, experience the stories of the sites and people that have defined the First State experience. Tours must be reserved in advance. Call 302-739-9194 or email TourFSHP@delaware.gov to book. Free First State Heritage Park

To the Old Churchyard

Saturday, May 22, 2021

1:00 PM

Meet an interpreter at the gate of the Christ Church Burial Ground to learn more about cemeteries, mourning, their influence on pop culture and their impact on our lives today. Space is limited, so your FREE reservation is required! Contact us at 302-739-9194 or email TourFSHP@delaware.gov.

Add to Calendar 5/22/2021 1:00:00 PM 5/22/2021 2:00:00 PM America/New_York To the Old Churchyard Meet an interpreter at the gate of the Christ Church Burial Ground to learn more about cemeteries, mourning, their influence on pop culture and their impact on our lives today. Space is limited, so your FREE reservation is required! Contact us at 302-739-9194 or email TourFSHP@delaware.gov. First State Heritage Park

Stories of the Green Walking Tour

Saturday, May 22, 2021

2:00 PM

The Dover Green has been the heart of this capital since its 18th-century founding. Led by a knowledgeable interpreter, experience the stories of the sites and people that have defined the First State experience. Tours must be reserved in advance. Call 302-739-9194 or email TourFSHP@delaware.gov to book. Free

Add to Calendar 5/22/2021 2:00:00 PM 5/22/2021 3:00:00 PM America/New_York Stories of the Green Walking Tour The Dover Green has been the heart of this capital since its 18th-century founding. Led by a knowledgeable interpreter, experience the stories of the sites and people that have defined the First State experience. Tours must be reserved in advance. Call 302-739-9194 or email TourFSHP@delaware.gov to book. Free First State Heritage Park

Lantern Tour: The Dover Green

Friday, May 28, 2021

8:30 PM

Some stories are best told after dark! Hear forgotten stories as your guide leads you into the mists of the past by lantern light. Space is limited, so book today! Contact us at 302-739-9194 or email TourFSHP@delaware.gov. Lantern Tours cancelled due to inclement weather may not be rescheduled. $10 per person

Add to Calendar 5/28/2021 8:30:00 PM 5/28/2021 9:30:00 PM America/New_York Lantern Tour: The Dover Green Some stories are best told after dark! Hear forgotten stories as your guide leads you into the mists of the past by lantern light. Space is limited, so book today! Contact us at 302-739-9194 or email TourFSHP@delaware.gov. Lantern Tours cancelled due to inclement weather may not be rescheduled. $10 per person First State Heritage Park

Lantern Tour: The Dover Green

Friday, May 28, 2021

8:30 PM

Some stories are best told after dark! Hear forgotten stories as your guide leads you into the mists of the past by lantern light. Space is limited, so book today! Contact us at 302-739-9194 or email TourFSHP@delaware.gov. Lantern Tours cancelled due to inclement weather may not be rescheduled. $10 per person

Add to Calendar 5/28/2021 8:30:00 PM 5/28/2021 9:30:00 PM America/New_York Lantern Tour: The Dover Green Some stories are best told after dark! Hear forgotten stories as your guide leads you into the mists of the past by lantern light. Space is limited, so book today! Contact us at 302-739-9194 or email TourFSHP@delaware.gov. Lantern Tours cancelled due to inclement weather may not be rescheduled. $10 per person First State Heritage Park

Heroes of the Revolution Walking Tour

Monday, May 31, 2021

10:00 AM

Dover was a hotbed of activity in colonial Delaware as the fate of American independence hung in the balance. Whether from Revolutionaries, Loyalists, or those stuck between, there are no shortage of stories to explore on this thematic walking tour. Tours are offered at 10 a.m., noon, and 2 p.m.. Space is limited, so your FREE reservation is required! Contact us at 302-739-9194 or email TourFSHP@delaware.gov.

Add to Calendar 5/31/2021 10:00:00 AM 5/31/2021 3:00:00 PM America/New_York Heroes of the Revolution Walking Tour Dover was a hotbed of activity in colonial Delaware as the fate of American independence hung in the balance. Whether from Revolutionaries, Loyalists, or those stuck between, there are no shortage of stories to explore on this thematic walking tour. Tours are offered at 10 a.m., noon, and 2 p.m.. Space is limited, so your FREE reservation is required! Contact us at 302-739-9194 or email TourFSHP@delaware.gov. First State Heritage Park

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