DOVER — On Oct. 8, visitors to the home of the “Penman of the Revolution” will explore Colonial-era job opportunities during 18th Century Trades Day.
The educational event is set for 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the John Dickinson Plantation, 340 Kitts Hummock Road, Dover.
It will provide opportunities to learn about traditional carpentry and candle-dipping, preserving food in a smokehouse, dying fabric 1700s-style and observing the power of a musket being fired.
The plantation, Delaware’s first national historic landmark, was the boyhood home of John Dickinson, a founding father of the United States and a framer and signer of the U.S. Constitution. He wrote about freedom and liberty for all, while continuing to hold human beings in bondage. The plantation shares the stories of the Dickinsons, the tenant farmers, the tradespeople, the indentured servants and the free and enslaved people who lived, labored and died on the land.
Administered by the Delaware Division of Historical & Cultural Affairs, the museum is a partner site in the First State National Historical Park. All activities are free and open to the public.
For information, call 302-739-3277.