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 Green, Dover
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.
Hours of Operation
The Green itself is open sunrise - sunset; however, educational tours are available through First State Heritage Park on
Location25 The Green, Dover DE 19901
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: April 30, 2018