The First State Heritage Park Presents Historical Theater Events at Old State House in Dover

On December 7, 1787, Delaware became the first state to ratify and adopt the new U.S. Constitution. It is this act that has allowed Delaware to proclaim itself the “First State.” This momentous event took place in Elizabeth Battell’s tavern on The Green in Dover.

On Friday and Saturday, Dec. 4 and 5, the First State Heritage Park revisits December 1787 with a candlelit historical theater event, “Fully, Freely, and Entirely – Becoming the First State.”

In the historic atmosphere of the Old State House, the audience will step back in time to encounter Mrs. Battell, as well as Gunning Bedford and other delegates to the ratification convention, protestors, tavern keepers and slaves.  In addition to listening in on conversations from the past, audience members can participate in the debate, and join in the celebration with 18th-century toasts and “huzzahs!”  Refreshments and an opportunity to meet the cast follow the program.

Each night, the two performances begin at 6:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. Ticket-holders will meet at the Biggs Museum, 406 Federal Street. Admission is $10. Pre-registration is required by calling 302-739-9194. Spaces are limited.

For more information, visit The First State Heritage Park online at

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