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Delaware Government Sites in Dover
Delaware’s capital city of Dover is a charming small town with a wealth of historic buildings. Most are clustered around its centuries-old Green, which features a replica of the Liberty Bell. Start at the focal point of the square at the Old State House, the historic state capitol building. This impressive brick structure was the seat of the state government from 1791-1933. Venture inside to see the 18th-century courtroom and the grand dual stairways. Dover’s Green is arguably where American government began; it was here in 1787 where Delaware became the first state to ratify the U.S. Constitution.
Walk to the opposite side of the Legislative Mall to Capital Square to find the iconic Legislative Hall. This is the building that replaced the Old State House as the center of Delaware’s government in 1933. Schedule a tour to see the Governor’s office and the chambers where Delaware’s Senate and House of Representatives meet. Outside, the grassy expanse of Capital Square hosts festivals and special events throughout the year.
Set in the Capital Square, the Legislative Mall is in the center of Delaware's government buildings in downtown Dover.
The replica of the Liberty Bell is the key feature of the square, along with the Old State House. Many festivals and special events are held on the Legislative Mall grounds throughout the year.
While in downtown Dover, schedule a tour of the Legislative Hall, built in 1932. Tour visitors will see the Delaware Governor's office and the room where the Senate and House of Representatives meet.
Old State House
Completed in 1791, the Old State House was home to the Delaware state and Kent County government until 1933.
It remains a focal point on the historic Green, the city's central square, in downtown Dover. Enjoy free tours of the house to see the 18th-century style courtroom, the former state legislature chambers, and the grand dual stairways.
The Old State House was recently restored to its original 18th-century appearance. It is included on the National Register of Historic Places, and is one of the oldest state-house buildings in the United States.