The Delaware Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs has recently been awarded a grant of $190,000 from the First State National Historical Park for a mix of capital improvements and programmatic activities at the New Castle Court House Museum and The Green in New Castle, the John Dickinson Plantation in Dover and Fort Christina National Historic Landmark in Wilmington. Owned by the State of Delaware and administered by the division, the four properties are part of a mix of federal, state and private partners that together comprise the First State National Historical Park.
On Nov. 17, 2017, U.S. Sen. Tom Carper visited the John Dickinson Plantation to see for himself how federal money has been used, and will be used in the future, to support the First State National Historical Park as a primary attraction for visitors to Delaware.
For press coverage of Carper’s visit, go to the following:
Upgrading a jewel of state history: Improvements set for John Dickinson Plantation
Delaware State News, Dover, Del.—Nov. 19, 2017
Carper returns to inspect state’s National Historical Park
WMDT TV, Salisbury, Md.—Nov. 17, 2017
Funding from the First State National Historical Park grant will be used for the following projects:
New Castle Green
Walkway improvements and the development of a land management and tree plan
New Castle Court House Museum
Window glazing and repair, and the development of interpretive planning utilizing First State National Historical Park Interpretive Theme Matrix
John Dickinson Plantation
Roof replacements on out-buildings adjacent to the main house, repair and/or replacement of fencing along the demonstration garden and development of a land-use plan for the 450-acre site
Fort Christina National Historic Landmark
Install additional visitor amenities and provide free access to the site during the summer season