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 Posts & Pages Tagged With: "Historical Markers"

Capitol Theater

KC-89: Originally Installed in 2004. In 1904, the Dover Opera House opened at this location. The theater was built with funds from a public subscription and included a stage that was used for a variety of purposes including vaudeville, photoplays, magic lantern shows, and in later years, motion pictures. In 1915, the theater carried the […]

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Booker T. Washington School

KC-88: Originally Installed in 2004. On November 13, 1922, 210 children and 6 teachers marched from two old school buildings located on Slaughter Street and Division Street to a new school for African- American students in Dover. Funding for the building was provided by the Delaware School Auxiliary Association, through the generosity of P. S. […]

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Calvary Baptist Church

KC-87: Originally Installed in 2004. On January 26, 1883, the Delaware Baptist Union was formally incorporated by the state legislature. The purpose of the organization was to spread the message of the denomination and promote “the erection and maintenance of houses of religious worship.” Soon thereafter a group of African-American residents of Dover who had […]

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Golden Fleece Tavern

KC-76: Originally Installed in 2002. This was the site of the Golden Fleece Tavern, scene of some of the most important and dramatic events in Delaware history. Built in the 1730s, the Golden Fleece was a center for community and government activities. It was a place of great importance during the American Revolution and the […]

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Blackiston Methodist Church

KC-74: Originally Installed in 2002. A local society of Methodists was organized circa 1778. On May 16, 1781, they obtained land here on which to build a permanent house of worship. A large frame church was then constructed and named Blackiston’s Chapel, to honor the family that provided the site. For many years it was […]

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Wesley College

KC-71: Originally Installed in 2001. Wesley College is a private, liberal arts college affiliated with the United Methodist Church. It was founded in 1873 as Wilmington Conference Academy, a preparatory school for boys under the patronage of the Methodist Episcopal Church. Female students were admitted the following year. Post-secondary education was added in 1917. The […]

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Dover’s First Methodist Church

KC-70: Originally Installed in 2001. In 1778, a Methodist Society was organized in Dover by Reverend Freeborn Garrettson. Desiring a permanent place of worship, members acquired a one-half acre lot at this location from Vincent Loockerman in 1782. Future Delaware Governor Richard Bassett contributed toward the construction of a forty-foot square structure, which was named […]

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Mason Dixon Crownstone

KC-69: Originally Installed in 2004. In 1763, Penn and Calvert commissioners erected milestones along the boundary between Maryland and the Three Lower Counties (Delaware), part of the Mason-Dixon survey. Every five miles they erected elaborate Crown Stones. This stone was displayed in St. Louis in 1904, and later in Baltimore. It was returned to Marydel […]

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Hangar 1301

KC-68: Originally Installed in 2002. Constructed in 1944, Hangar 1301 served as the headquarters and engineering facility for the 4146th Base Unit from 1944 to 1946. Highly secret testing and development work were done here on air-launched rocket weapons. Aircraft used in testing ranged from P-47 Thunderbolts to four-engine bombers including B-17 Flying Fortresses and […]

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Caesar Rodney

KC-62: Originally Installed in 1999. Born on October 7, 1728, on a farm east of Dover, Caesar Rodney was one of Delaware’s most distinguished statesmen. Entering public life at an early age, Rodney held numerous local offices. He was a member of the Colonial State Assembly and a delegate to the Stamp Act Congress. From […]

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