Delaware Gov. John Carney will be the featured speaker for the annual meeting of the Friends of the John Dickinson Mansion that will take place on Tuesday, June 12, 2018 at the John Dickinson Plantation, located at 340 Kitts Hummock Road in Dover, Del. The program will begin at 4:30 p.m. with a reception and tours of the plantation’s mansion house, followed by the governor’s address, and ending with a brief business meeting of the Friends group. Admission is free and open to the public. For additional information, call the plantation at 302-739-3277.
The occasion will also celebrate the publication of a new book about Dickinson entitled “Delaware’s John Dickinson: the Constant Watchman of Liberty.” Carney, who wrote the preface to the book, has expressed great interest in Dickinson, a founding father of the United States, a framer and signer of the U.S. Constitution and “Penman of the Revolution.”
The new Dickinson book, sponsored by the Friends of the John Dickinson Mansion and published by the Delaware Heritage Commission, includes writings about Dickinson as well as numerous illustrations pertaining to his family, career and his Kent County home. It sells for $20 a copy and will be available for purchase at the annual meeting. The book’s editor, John Sweeney, will be present to sign copies, as will Richard Carter of the Heritage Commission who designed the book.
The John Dickinson Plantation, Delaware’s first National Historic Landmark, was the patriot’s boyhood home and country estate. It features the Dickinson family’s original 1740 brick mansion, reconstructed farm buildings and a log’d dwelling, surrounded by rich agricultural lands stretching down to the banks of the St. Jones River. One of five museums of the State of Delaware, the plantation is administered by the Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs and is a partner site in the First State National Historical Park.
A nonprofit, charitable organization dedicated to the extension of knowledge about Dickinson and his historic home, the Friends of the John Dickinson Mansion has been instrumental in commissioning many projects including biographies, research, events and educational films including a documentary about Dickinson that was broadcast on Public Broadcasting Service stations.