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Historical Sites in Delaware

The Old State House & Willingtown Square




Known as the Initial State, Delaware was the first colony to ratify the U.S. Constitution – all the way back in 1787. A major player in the American Revolution and Civil War, Delaware hosts some impressive historic sites.

History buffs are encouraged to visit Dover for the attractions of Capital Square. Also known as the First State Heritage Park, this area is home to both the Legislative Hall and the Old State House, plus museums, galleries and a visitor center – all in downtown Dover. Head to the First State Heritage Park Welcome Center and Galleries for some preliminary information, then check out the Biggs Museum of American Art, the Johnson Victrola Museum, and the Woodburn and Hall House.

Don’t leave Dover without a tour of the Old State House, First completed in 1791, the Old State House is the “first permanent capitol building in Dover.” Set on the historic Green, this now-museum features free entry and parking, plus special events like Watercolor Wednesdays, Underground Railroad tours, and Independence Day celebrations.

Set in northern Delaware, the city of Wilmington – the largest city in the state – is home to the Delaware Historical Society. Begun in 1864, the Delaware Historical Society plays host to several historical sites, including Old Town Hall, the Delaware History Museum, and Willingtown Square. A collection of historic structures, parts of Willingtown Square were constructed as early as 1748. Although the historic homes aren’t open to the public, they may be viewed from Market Street along a walking tour, and are exhibited at the Willingtown Square Gallery.

Other historic attractions include Delaware museums. Located on the Atlantic Coast in Rehoboth Beach, the Anna Hazzard Museum features Rehoboth Beach’s history dating back to the 1870s. Free to the public, the museum is open Friday through Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Best Western Hotels Along the Way:



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