’18th Century Trades Day’ at the John Dickinson Plantation on Oct. 12, 2019

On Saturday, Oct. 12, 2019, 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 10:30 a.m. and 4 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.

Photo of Blacksmith Richard Shehorn working at the John Dickinson Plantation
Richard Shehorn will be demonstrating blacksmithing techniques as part of the “18th Century Trades Day” at the John Dickinson Plantation on Oct. 12, 2019.

“18th Century Trades Day” will provide opportunities to dye fabric 1700s-style; preserve food in the smokehouse; mold bricks out of clay; and watch a blacksmith forging iron implements, and a carpenter making wooden shingles and pegs. In addition, members of the Thistledown Fiber Arts Guild will be conducting demonstrations of spinning, weaving, knitting and other fabric arts; and the 1740 mansion house will be open for guided tours throughout the day.

Photo of Jennifer Dunham dyeing fabric
Historic-site interpreter Jennifer Dunham demonstrating how fabric was dyed in the 18th century.

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.

Photo of the mansion house at the John Dickinson Plantation
Mansion house at the John Dickinson Plantation
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