Poplar Hall - Dover, Delaware
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member flyingmoose
N 39° 06.085 W 075° 26.904
18S E 461227 N 4328127
Quick Description: Located along Kitts Hummock Road off of Route 1 one exit south of Dover Air Force Base.
Location: Delaware, United States
Date Posted: 7/5/2021 6:36:46 PM
Waymark Code: WM14GPC
Published By: Groundspeak Regular Member Dragontree
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Long Description:

Currently this property is owned by the state of Delaware and used as a museum. This mansion was built on the Saint Jones River in 1739 by Judge Samuel Dickinson and has seen 2 additions since. It was almost destroyed by the British during a raid in 1781. John Dickinson the son of Samuel Dickinson lived here for periods of his life and is known as the Penman of the Revolution and known as a "Founding Father" of the United States. The property was once 13,000 acres but now takes up less than 10 acres, though the surrounding property is still used as farmland (except the nearby AFB), so many of the views would be similar to what the Dickinson family would experience when they lived there with the exception of the straitening of the Saint John River which moved the river away from the homestead (over a mile south), which was a major source of transportation for the Dickinson family.

The following was taken from Wikipedia: The John Dickinson House, generally known as Poplar Hall, is located on the John Dickinson Plantation in Dover, a property owned by the State of Delaware and open to the public as a museum by the Delaware Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs and newly part of the First State National Historical Park. It was the boyhood home and sometime residence of the Founding Father and American revolutionary leader John Dickinson (1732-1808).

The main house is an Early Georgian mansion and was built on a 13,000-acre (5,300 ha) plantation in 1739/40 by Judge Samuel Dickinson, the father of John Dickinson. Wings were added in 1752 and 1754. The house faced a nearby bend of the St. Jones River which is no longer there as the river has been straightened. The original house suffered major damage during a British raid in August 1781 and was nearly destroyed in a fire in 1804. John Dickinson lived there for extended periods only in 1776/77 and 1781/82, although he kept up a keen interest in the property and often visited. Purchased by the National Society of Colonial Dames of America in 1952, it was given to the State of Delaware and declared a National Historic Landmark in 1961.

John Dickinson (1732–1808) was a lawyer and politician who spent most of the time in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and Wilmington, Delaware. He was at various times a Continental Congressman from Pennsylvania and Delaware, a delegate to the U.S. Constitutional Convention of 1787, President of Delaware, and President of Pennsylvania. Among the wealthiest men in the American colonies, he became known as the Penman of the Revolution, for his Letters from a Farmer in Pennsylvania, where he eloquently argued the cause of American liberty. Although refusing to vote in favor of the Declaration of Independence in 1776, he supported the establishment of the new government during the American Revolution and afterward in many official capacities.

Earliest Recorded Date of Construction: 1/1/1739

Architectural Period/Style: Georgian

Type of Building e.g. Country House, Stately Home, Manor:

Interesting Historical Facts or Connections:
Childhood home of John Dickinson

Listed Building Status (if applicable): NHRL

Main Material of Construction: Brick

Private/Public Access: Public

Admission Fee (if applicable): 0.00 (listed in local currency)

Related Website: [Web Link]


Additional Dates of Construction: Not listed

Architect (if known): Not listed

Landscape Designer (if known): Not listed

Opening Hours (if applicable): Not listed

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