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Old State House, Dover

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Government Building · Hidden Gem · Tourist Spot
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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  • 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 »
  • This large area full of history and government buildings with stunning architecture is a must when you are in Dover! We drove in too late for the tour, but stayed over an hour and a half walking the.....  more »
  • The volunteer tour guides were kind and knowledgeable. Having visited Independence Hall in Philadelphia, this really brought the story of our country's founding together. It's amazing to stand in the place(s) where history lives! The people and families of Dover fought to have The Old State House preserved. We are fortunate for the forward-thinking people of the past. This is one of three sites in Dover (and Dover is one of seven areas) that are part of the First State National Historical Park.
  • This is a tremendously interesting historical building. The fantastic tour guides were full of knowledge and resources. We really came away with a fantastic appreciation for the historical value that the old state house is in its current state as a museum. From the realistic displays to the replica setup. It was a fabulous experience for the entire group of people that we were traveling with.

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