On the first Saturday of each month, the First State Heritage Park offers a variety of free programs at each of the park’s partner sites, including historical theater or hands-on events at the John Bell House, tours of the two capitol buildings in Delaware’s capital city –The Old State House and Legislative Hall, tours of the Governor’s residence at Woodburn and Hall House, and monthly lectures at the Delaware Public Archives. Exhibits are also on display at the Johnson Victrola Museum, the First State Heritage Park Welcome Center and Galleries, and the Biggs Museum of American Art, which also features its monthly “Biggs Kids” program.
Walking tours leave from the John Bell House hourly from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tour themes vary from month to month and include: Stories of The Green, Dover’s Heroes of the Revolution, Tales of Slavery & Freedom and Women of The Green.
All First State Heritage Park sites are open from 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., except Woodburn and Hall House (open 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.) Admission to all park sites and programs is free. Centrally located free parking is available at the First State Heritage Park Welcome Center and Galleries, located at 121 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd N., Dover, DE (formerly 121 Duke of York Street). For more information about The First State Heritage Park programs, the public may call 302-739-9194 or visit: www.destateparks.com/heritagepark
The First State Heritage Park is Delaware’s first urban “park without boundaries” linking historic and cultural sites in the city that has been the seat of state government since 1777. It is a partnership of state and city agencies under the leadership of Delaware State Parks.