- The Washington Times - Thursday, June 28, 2007

Dover, Delaware’s capital, offers a wealth of historic sites, all within walking distance of one another in an area known as First State Heritage Park, a “park without boundaries” that makes the state’s history easy to access. Many are open July 4 and offer special Independence Day activities.

Entrance to all buildings is free. For information on the sites in Heritage Park, call 302/739-9194 or see www.destateparks.com/heritagepark, where a map is available.

Here’s a list of some of the buildings in Heritage Park, arranged for easy walking, and a guide to Independence Day activities on the Green. An important historic site south of the city is also listed.

First State Heritage Park

m Delaware Public Archives: 121 Duke of York St. Features an interactive gallery showing how documents relate to everyday life. Original documents on display include Delaware’s 17th-century Colonial charter from King Charles II and the state’s copy of the Bill of Rights, on loan from the U.S. National Archives through July 4. 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday (Wednesday until 8 p.m.), 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and most state holidays. Open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. July 4.

n Caesar Rodney Rides Again: Actor Dick Pack portrays Caesar Rodney at the Public Archives in a living-history tribute to Delaware’s hero of the American Revolution. 2:30 p.m. July 4.

m Legislative Hall — The State Capitol: 411 Legislative Ave. See Delaware artist Jack Lewis’ murals of Delaware history in both galleries of the General Assembly, as well as portraits of Delaware governors and military heroes. Open to public 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday-Friday when legislature is not in session or 9 a.m.-noon on session days. Guided tours 9 a.m.-5 p.m. first Saturday of each month and on most state holidays. Open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. July 4.

m Delaware Visitor Center: 406 Federal St. For event schedules and places to visit. 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays and most state holidays, 1:30-4:30 p.m. Sunday. Open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. July 4, with these free tours scheduled:

n Revolutionary Dover Walking Tours: Nate Davidson talks of Tories, Whigs, militia and insurrection. 11 a.m., 1 and 4 p.m. July 4.

n Passage to Freedom Walking Tours: Black Americans’ struggle for freedom from Colonial times to the Civil War. Noon and 5 p.m. July 4.

m Biggs Museum of American Art: 406 Federal St. Features a room of works by members of the Peale Family, early American painters. Excellent collection of furniture, silver and handicrafts. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and most state holidays, 1:30-4:30 p.m. Sunday. Open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. July 4.

m State House Museum: The Green. Delaware’s first permanent capital. Completed in 1792. Interior now closed for renovation, but exterior has been completed.

m Johnson Victrola Museum: 375 S. New St. Memorabilia of Delaware native Eldridge Reeves Johnson, founder of the 1901 Victor Talking Machine Co. 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday. Open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. July 4.

m Delaware Archaeology Museum: 316 S. Governors Ave. See 11,000 years of Delaware from earliest American Indians to present day. 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and most state holidays. Open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. July 4.

m Museum of Small Town Life: 316 S. Governors Ave. Life as it was lived in late 19th-century Delaware. 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and most state holidays. Open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. July 4.

m Woodburn and Hall House: 151 and 181 Kings Highway. Woodburn, home of Delaware’s governors, was built circa 1798. The Victorian-era Hall House next door serves as governor’s guesthouse. Guided tours by appointment and during special annual events. Call 302/739-5656.

On the Green July 4

Spirits of the Green: Dover’s history comes alive as historical interpreters portraying 18th-century tavern servants tell tales of Dover in Revolutionary times. Special games and activities for children. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. July 4.

South of Dover

John Dickinson Plantation: Kitts Hummock Road (county road 68). Southeast of Dover Air Force Base, near intersections of routes 113 and 9. Restored 18th-century plantation, dating from 1740. Home of Founding Father John Dickinson, friend of Caesar Rodney and signer of the U.S. Constitution. 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, 1:30-4:30 p.m. Sunday. Closed state holidays. Hours are subject to change. For information, 302/739-3327.

Stephen Goode

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