On Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018, visitors to the home of the “Penman of the Revolution” will explore Colonial-era job opportunities during the “18th Century Trades Day” that will take place between 10 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. at the John Dickinson Plantation located at 340 Kitts Hummock Road in Dover, Del. All activities are free and open to the public. For additional information, call 302-739-3277.
“18th Century Trades Day” will provide opportunities to dye cloth 1700s-style, preserve food in the smokehouse, weave a rug on a loom, mold bricks out of clay, and watch a carpenter at work and learn how wooden shingles and pegs were made. In addition, tours of the 1740 mansion house will be conducted throughout the day.
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 administered by the Delaware Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs and is a partner site in the First State National Historical Park.