John Dickinson Plantation
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The John Dickinson Plantation was home to a variety of people. We share the stories of the tenant farmers, indentured servants, free and enslaved Black men, women, and children who lived, labored, and died on the plantation. John Dickinson was a framer and signer of the U.S. Constitution and was known as the “Penman of the Revolution.” He was an American founding father, who wrote of freedom and liberty for all while holding human beings in bondage.
Plantation Stories Project
The Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs and the John Dickinson Plantation are making this listing of free, enslaved, indentured, and free Black people available and accessible to the general public and researchers. Research is ongoing as is work on a standalone website.
The document is a view-only copy; please contact JDPmuseum@delaware.gov for a copy that can be downloaded and printed.
John Dickinson and the Plantation Timeline
The Dickinsons’ Delaware plantation was John Dickinson’s boyhood home, where he lived from the ages of 8 to 18. John Dickinson studied law and became a lawyer and statesman. He married Mary Norris and together they had two children, Sally and Maria. This timeline contains more details about his life and the plantation.
The museum is open to the public and admission is free. Donations are accepted.
Ample, free parking is available. Accommodations for buses are available.
The visitor center and first floor of the mansion are accessible to people with disabilities.
Hours of Operation
Tuesdays: Outdoor visitation only. Grounds open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Wednesdays: Visitor center and grounds open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Thursdays through Saturdays: Visitor center and grounds open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Guided tours of the mansion at 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.
Hours subject to change.
We are located southeast of the Dover Air Force Base.
From Route 1/113 take Exit 91 for Route 9 Kitts Hummock/Little Creek. Once on Route 9 turn right on Kitts Hummock Road. Follow Kitts Hummock Road to the plantation entrance.
340 Kitts Hummock Road
Dover, DE 19901
Phone: (302) 739-3277
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