Exciting Events Coming to the John Dickinson Plantation

Two great tours take place in February, wrapping up African American History Month before spring activities arrive.

Visit the John Dickinson Plantation before the end of African American History Month for two special programs that explore different aspects of everyday life during the 18th century, when John Dickinson owned the property. On Feb. 21, the plantation will present the “Stories of Runaway Slaves” tour, when visitors will learn about three runaways and how they escaped from St. Jones Neck, the section of Kent County where the John Dickinson Plantation is located. The “A World Apart” tour on Feb. 28 will explore the real-life experiences of Dinah Patten and Violet Brown, two African-American women who lived on the plantation. The plantation was the boyhood home and country estate of John Dickinson, one of the founding fathers of the United States, signer of the U.S. Constitution and Penman of the Revolution. The plantation features Dickinson’s original 1740 brick home, called Poplar Hall, reconstructed farm buildings and a log dwelling, all surrounded by rich agricultural lands stretching down to the banks of the St. Jones River. Upcoming special events include “A Woman’s World,” where you can explore cloth production and learn how women lived on the plantation, on March 7, and, on April 22, Earth Day, when you experience the natural beauty of the estate through tours of the Colonial-revival garden and other activities. The plantation is located at 340 Kitts Hummock Road, Dover. The property is open Wednesday to Saturday 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Times for special programs are indicated. Admission is free for all events listed. For more information, call 739-3277.

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