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“To stimulate and endeavor to perpetuate inter- est among the people of Delaware and else- where in John Dickinson, president of the State of Delaware under the Constitution of 1776 and a signer of the Constitution of the United States, and in the Mansion located in Kent County, Delaware near the St. Jones River, where he resided during a portion of his life, through the collection and dissemination of data with reference thereto.”


The Friends have been responsible for the extensive purchase of land and restoration of the gardens and mansion.




The Friends pro- vided funds for a life-size Dorfman figure of John Dickinson




The Friends installed a map depicting the original path of the St. Jones River



The Friends sponsor and support numerous events held at the Mansion such as this 18th century barbeque






The Friends have commissioned research for publications about Dickinson, including:

  • Milton Flower’s biography, John Dickinson, Conservative Revolutionary. (published in 1983)
  • Providing support to Dr.Jane E Calvert, (author of the book Quaker Constitutionalism and the Political Thought of John Dickinson, (published in 2009)), in her continued research of John Dickinson.
  • In 1989, the Friends helped fund the film Peaceful Rebel, which is shown as part of the tour of the Plantation.
  • In 1995 a video/resource packet for distribution to schools for classroom use was developed.
  • In 2011 an expanded version of the video was funded by The Friends to be viewed on PBS stations.
  • Sponsored events such as “An Afternoon with John Dickinson” in 2011.