The Green, Dover

William Penn established the town of Dover in 1683. As surveyed in 1717, the town featured three public squares including The Green. Surrounded by government buildings, shops, homes, and taverns, The Green became the heart of Dover. During the American Revolution, it was the setting for troop reviews, markets, and public gatherings. On December 7, 1787 thirty delegates, ten from each county, met at the Golden Fleece Tavern facing The Green and ratified the United States Constitution, giving Delaware a place of honor as "The First State."


 
The two green patches of grass that makes up the Historic Green is photographed with State Street in the middle.
The two green patches of grass that makes up the Historic Green is photographed with State Street in the middle.
 

Learn and Explore


Things To Do

Today, visitors can explore the various sites around or near The Dover Green that are operated by First State Heritage Park or the Delaware Division of Historical & Central Affairs. Visitors can also enjoy a picnic on The Green or attend a special event such as Dover Days or Market Fair.

Every First Saturday of the month, the agencies surrounding The Green present unique thematic programming that includes historic theater, interactive presentations, lectures, guided tours and more.


Hours of Operation

The Green itself is open sunrise - sunset; however, educational tours are available through First State Heritage Park on

  • Monday through Saturday:
    9:00a.m.- 4:30p.m.
  • Sunday:
    1:30p.m.- 4:30p.m.
  • Special Closures:
    Delaware State Holidays

Location

25 The Green, Dover DE 19901

Contact Information

This site is interpreted by our partners at First State Heritage Park. For questions regarding tours, special programs, or hours please visit their website or call them at (302) 739-9194.

Last updated: August 17, 2018

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

New Castle Court House Museum
Attn: First State NHP
211 Delaware Street

New Castle, DE 19720

Phone:

(302) 544-6363
This phone number is not staffed. You can leave a message on the park's main phone number (302-544-6363) and we will return your call as soon as possible. If you are visiting one of the seven sites, and need specific information, please refer to the "Places to Go" page for phone numbers and addresses of each site.

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