A Candlelit Historical Theater Event: “Fully, Freely and Entirely” – Becoming the First State, An Excellent Program This Weekend

In the historic atmosphere of the old state house in Dover, we attended a candlelit historical theater presentation, celebrating Delaware’s ratification of the Constitution last year.  With a gentle snow blanketing the capitol, we stepped back to the 18th century to encounter and interact with delegates, protestors, tavern-keepers and slaves.  In that historic atmosphere, as candles illuminated our path and chased away the shadows, we encountered Mrs. Battell, as well as Gunning Bedford and other delegates to the ratification convention.  In addition to listening to conversations from the convention,we participated in the debate, and joined in the celebration with 18th-century toasts and “huzzahs!”  Refreshments and an opportunity to meet the cast followed the program. 

That excellent program is being offered again this weekend and it is highly recommended.  Here’s the press release from the Delaware Heritage Park.


 Friday, December 3 and Saturday, December 4,  2010

Two performances each night at 6:30 p.m. and 8 p.m.

  This theatrical event takes place in The Old State House, but ticket-holders will meet at the John Bell House on The Green to begin the program.


 Delaware’s ratification of the Federal Constitution may have been unanimous, but it was not without controversy and concern. Under the glow of candlelight in The Old State House, step back in time to December 1787 and encounter delegates, protestors, tavern keepers and slaves. Hear their stories, participate in the debate and join in the celebration as Delaware becomes the “First State.” Pre-registration is required for this popular annual event and spaces are limited. Please call (302) 739-9194 for reservations. Admisssion $10 per person.

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