Take a Trip Back to the Victorian Era at the First State Heritage Park on Labor Day, Sept. 1

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Take a Trip Back to the Victorian Era at the First State Heritage Park on Labor Day, Sept. 1 DOVER, Del. – The First State Heritage Park invites the public to escape the crowded beaches with some close-to-home, end-of-summer fun on Labor Day, Sept. 1. Visitors will enjoy programs throughout the day. 

From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Museum Square will offer a special “Labor and Progress” program to celebrate early America’s workforce. Participants will learn the ins-and-outs of the demanding trades and proficient skills required of early American pharmacists, machinists, printers, and manufacturers.

At 12:30 p.m., a special living history program will be conducted at Rose Cottage, 102 S. State Street. At a Methodist Camp Meeting on the outskirts of Dover, two friends reunite after an extended time apart. Through their remembrances, the audience will get a sense of what life was like, and the interesting events that everyday people were talking about in Victorian Dover.

Stories about what people did for recreation, what scandalous affairs were the sources of gossip, and what troubles started when the circus came to town are all based upon selections from the diary of J. Alexander Fulton, an influential citizen who provides important insights into the events of Victorian Dover – 1865-1895. Rose Cottage, the building where this program will be held, was Mr. Fulton’s home throughout the period.

At 2 p.m., a special walking tour of Victorian Dover will take place, leaving from Rose Cottage. Walking along State Street, participants will hear stories of the men and women who would forever alter the course of Dover during the age of prosperity, expansion, and transformation.

On Labor Day, all sites within the First State Heritage Park will be open from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Free guided tours of Delaware’s State Capitol building – Legislative Hall – will be offered from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Park sites include Legislative Hall, Delaware Public Archives, the Biggs Museum of American Art, the Delaware Archaeology Museum, Museum of Small Town Life, and the Johnson Victrola Museum. Admission to all sites is free. Centrally-located free parking is available at the Delaware Public Archives, 121 Duke of York Street.

More information on the First State Heritage Park at Dover and its events is available at (302) 739-9194 or on the web at www.destateparks.com/heritagepark.

The First State Heritage Park at Dover is a partnership of state agencies, under the leadership of Delaware State Parks, working in collaboration with city and county government, nonprofit organizations and the private sector to create Delaware’s first urban “park without boundaries” linking historic and cultural sites in the city that has been the seat of state government since 1777.