In keeping with Preservation50, the United States’ multi-year celebration of the 50th anniversary of the passage of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, the theme of the 2016 Dover Days Festival is historic preservation.
Activities based on the theme will take place throughout the festival which will take place from May 6 to 8, 2016 in a variety of locations in and around downtown Dover, Del. Admission to the event is free and open to the public. For additional information, call the event’s sponsor, Kent County and Greater Dover, Delaware Convention and Visitors Bureau at 1-800-233-KENT.
As part of the festival theme, the Delaware Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs will be offering several programs celebrating the 1976 restoration of The Old State House which returned the venerable structure to its original 1791 appearance. Activities, which will take place at The Old State House, located at 25 The Green in Dover, include “There’s a Party in the House” on Friday, May 6 featuring 70s music and dancing; guided tours on Saturday, May 7 examining preservationist Mabel Lloyd Ridgely’s efforts in saving The Old State House from destruction; and the display “The Old State House: A True Restoration 1976-2016” which will be on-view beginning on May 4. Go to the following for a complete listing of division-sponsored events during May 2016.