Division’s museums now open for self-guided tours by appointment More Info
Posted: Sept. 11, 2014
Revised: Oct. 15, 2020
The John Dickinson Plantation, located at 340 Kitts Hummock Road in Dover, Del., is currently featuring the display “Simple Machines” which focuses on the six simple machines (inclined plane, screw, wedge, pulley, lever, and wheel and axle) that constitute the elementary building blocks of which many more-complicated machines are composed. Each of these machines was in common usage at the plantation during the lifetime of John Dickinson.
“Simple Machines” was created by the Delaware Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs’ Collections, Affiliates, Research and Exhibits (CARE) Team working together with the staff of the John Dickinson Plantation. The display opened on June 10, 2009 and will be on-view for an undetermined period of time.
In keeping with Gov. Carney’s Phase II guidance for reopening the state in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, the plantation is open for 30-minute tours by advance registration only on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 10 a.m., 11:15 a.m., 1:15 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. In addition, the grounds are open for outdoor visitation only on Wednesdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public. Call 302-739-3277 for reservations and additional information.
The John Dickinson Plantation, Delaware’s first National Historic Landmark, was the boyhood home of John Dickinson, a founding father of the United States, a framer and signer of the U.S. Constitution and “Penman of the Revolution.” The Georgian-style mansion stands as a memorial to this American patriot, legislator and farmer. The museum is a partner site in the First State National Historical Park.
Go to the following for a full listing of exhibits and displays at the museums of the State of Delaware.
Go to the following for a comprehensive, long-term calendar of events sponsored by the Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs.