The Green, Dover

The Green with surrounding building in the background.
The Green with surrounding building in the background.


Site Description

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."

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.
1:30p.m.- 4:30p.m.
Special Closures:
State Holidays


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: March 15, 2017

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

New Castle Court House Museum
211 Delaware Street

New Castle, DE 19720


(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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