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April’s First Saturday in the First State

Date & Time: Saturday - April 7, 2018 - 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM

Location: First State Heritage Park - Dover, Delaware

Phone Number: 302-739-9194


The First State Heritage Park presents a day of historic tours and exclusive programs. Peel back the layers of time and learn something through the variety of free programs at each of the park's partner sites, including hands-on events, tours of historical buildings and monthly lectures. This month's theme: Celebrating Delaware's Agriculture.

imageAll programs will be drop-in anytime unless otherwise noted.

Biggs Museum Self-Guided Tours
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Permanent collection of American fine and decorative arts and changing exhibitions throughout the year.

Biggs Kids: Popsicle Barn
9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Biggs Museum
Celebrate Delaware’s agricultural history by making a Popsicle stick barn. Don’t forget to try the monthly scavenger hunt through the museum.

First State Heritage Park Welcome Center & Galleries
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
121 M.L.K. Jr Blvd N
Begin your journey here! Changing exhibitions and information on statewide attractions, events and activities. All-day free parking.

Songwriting: Poetry through Music
9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Johnson Victrola Museum
In celebration of National Poetry Month, guided tours will highlight the great songwriters of the Victor Talking Machine Company. Hear their music on authentic talking machines.

From Woods to Farm: How to Survive in the American Colonies
9:30, 10:30, 11:30 a.m., 12:30, 1:30, 2:30, 3:30 and 4 p.m.
John Bell House
Learn how primitive survival skills lead to establish agriculture and society, and learn how the early American Colonists learned to survive in the New World. Primitive Skills expert Jeff Moore will be on hand to teach primitive survival skills.

Prohibition in the First State
9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
The Old State House
Tours will examine the ratification of the 18th Amendment, its enforcement, its impacts on Delawareans, and its eventual repeal through the ratification of the 21st Amendment.
The History of Delaware Forests
10:30 a.m.
Delaware Public Archives
Dr. Robert Tjaden will share stories and photos captured on his Delaware Forest Oral History Project.

”If These Trees Could Talk” Walking Tour
10 a.m. – 3 p.m. John Bell House

Anniversary Rededication
11 a.m.
Johnson Victrola Museum

The Once and Future Courthouse
1:30 p.m. – 4 p.m. Kent County Courthouse, 38 The Green
From the 1690's to the present, learn how this building went from a courthouse to a hotel and back again.

Guided Tours of historical buildings include:
Legislative Hall - 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Woodburn and Hall House (Governor's House) - 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
The Old State House - 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Kent County Courthouse - 1:30 PM - 4:00 PM