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John Dickinson Plantation

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Address: 340 Kitts Hummock Rd, Dover, DE 19901-7016
Phone Number: +1 302-739-3277
10:00 - 15:30
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Wed - Sat 10:00 - 15:30

Once owned by a wealthy Quaker tobacco planter, this plantation has been...

Once owned by a wealthy Quaker tobacco planter, this plantation has been converted to a living museum where visitors can tour the grounds and interact with staff dressed in period costume.

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Beautiful historic site and it's free

Very interesting tour and well restored 18th century home. Several out buildings to investigate as well. Lovely site. And it's free.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 26 October 2016
Middletown, Pennsylvania
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Middletown, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016

Very interesting tour and well restored 18th century home. Several out buildings to investigate as well. Lovely site. And it's free.

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Bowie, Maryland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016

Recently, I had an opportunity to participate in an evening "Lantern Tour" of the John Dickinson Plantation, near Dover, Delaware. The tour began with some introductions at the Visitor Center with light refreshments, followed by a wagon ride with tour guides around the plantation grounds and nocturnal life in the St. Jones River/estuary which borders the estate. There was some... More 

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East Freetown, Massachusetts
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2016

As a previous reviewer stated, I think I missed something. My tour guide was nice and had some good factoids here and there. However, I feel like the video in the beginning was completely unnecessary, seeing as there is a guided tour. It should have been a quick 2-5 minute video with a high level overview and then everything else... More 

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Allentown, PA
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 2016

After all the TA reviews that we had read prior to our visit here, we were really disappointed with our experience at this plantation. First, our group felt that there wasn't much thought put into the displays of the home. For example, in the living room, there was a chair that our tour guide said really didn't belong there, but... More 

1 Thank LivinglifeinPA
Dover, Delaware
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

The home and property are well maintained. Everything appears authentic and the history of the John Dickinson comes alive while touring the home and gardens. Well worth visiting.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 August 2016 via mobile

The John Dickinson Plantation is a great place to visit along with the Air Mobility Command Museum around the corner. Like the AMC Museum, admission is free, though donations are acceptable. As we had a three-year-old with us, we didn't end up taking the guided tour, so we only spent about thirty minutes touring the grounds by ourselves. Still, they... More 

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Dover, Delaware
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016

The John Dickinson Plantation is very near the busy Rt. 1 (road to the beach) and the sometimes noisy Dover Air Force Base, but it is quiet and peaceful there. The buildings are still set among fields of corn and soybeans with lots of trees and open space. Some historic sites are now surrounded by modern buildings but not here.... More 

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Branchville, New Jersey
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 August 2016 via mobile

Stopped here to visit and stretch our legs. The staff was very knowledgeable and friendly. The grounds and sites were well maintained and a nice spot to walk around. If you are passing through, definitely worthy the stop.

Thank Woohoo451
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 August 2016 via mobile

The staff at the John Dickinson House are wonderful. IT is now part of the FIRST STATE National Park and has a rich history! BE sure to catch the film to learn a little about the site and if you have questions, the staff is always happy to answer them!

Thank Heather L
Milford, Delaware
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 August 2016

This little site administered by Delaware Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs is a real gem. It is a National Historic Landmark and has recently become part of First State National Historical Park. The site is located on the south end of Dover just beyond Dover Air Force Base. It is such a peaceful experience to walk around the well... More 

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