On Saturday, Oct. 8, 2022, 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 Delaware Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs’ 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 Dan Davis demonstrating traditional carpentry techniques.
Dan Davis demonstrating traditional carpentry techniques.

“18th Century Trades Day” will provide opportunities to preserve food in the smokehouse; dye fabric 1700s-style; learn about traditional carpentry and candle dipping; and observe the power of a musket being fired.

Photo of Historic-site interpreter Chris Merrill demonstrating how meat and fish are smoked.
Historic-site interpreter Chris Merrill demonstrating how meat and fish are smoked.
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.” Dickinson wrote eloquently about freedom and liberty for all while continuing to hold human beings in bondage. The plantation shares the stories of the Dickinsons; the tenant farmers; the trades people; the indentured servants; and the free and enslaved people who lived, labored and died on the land. Administered by the Delaware Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs, the museum is a partner site in the First State National Historical Park.

Photo of the log'd dwelling at the John Dickinson Plantation
Log’d dwelling at the John Dickinson Plantation. The building is a replica of the type of housing inhabited by the enslaved people at the plantation as well as its tenants and indentured servants. The site’s mansion house is in the background.