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Old State House, Dover

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Old Statehouse is a historic state capitol building located on The Green at Dover, Kent County, Delaware. It was built between 1787 and 1792, and is a two-story, five bay, brick structure in a Middle Georgian style. The front facade features a fanlight over the center door and above it a Palladian window at the center of the second floor. It has a shingled side gabled roof topped with an octagonal cupola. A number of attached wings were added between 1836 and 1926. From 1792 to 1932 it was the sole seat of State government, while from 1792 until 1873 it served also as Kent County Court House.
The state house was remodeled in 1873 to reflect a Victorian style and restored in 1976 to its original appearance. Extensive renovations of the State House also took place in 2007.
It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1971. It is located in the Dover Green Historic District. It is now part of the Delaware National Historic Park and a museum run by the Delaware Division of Historic and Cultural Affairs. It can be toured Monday–Saturday 9–4:30 and Sundays 1:30–4:30 free of charge.
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  • The original State House goes back to 1791 and has had many uses over the years. In 1976 it was restored back to its original appearance. You don't need a reservation to get a tour, just show up... 
    The original State House goes back to 1791 and has had many uses over the years. In 1976 it was restored back to its original appearance. You don't need a reservation to get a tour, just show up...  more »
  • We had a great tour here that we called in advance to select a time. The staff members were very knowledgeable and answered our questions after the film we watched. There are 2 floors and need to... 
    We had a great tour here that we called in advance to select a time. The staff members were very knowledgeable and answered our questions after the film we watched. There are 2 floors and need to...  more »
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  • Great place. Lots of history all around this building. Volunteers are always eager to share information. Love this place. Love the 4th of July reading of the declaration of independence
  • Very fun if you like history and learning!

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