Who We Are
Since the early 1950's The Friends of the John Dickinson Mansion have provided support for the State of Delaware's efforts to preserve and maintain the boyhood home of John Dickinson, "The Penman of the Revolution." The house was built by Dickinson's father, Samuel Dickinson, in 1740 and remained in the family until the twentieth century when it passed through a series of owners. In 1952 the National Society of Colonial Dames of America in the State of Delaware purchased the Mansion and gave it to the State. In consideration of the work needed to restore the house, members of the Colonial Dames and other concerned individuals organized the Friends to lend continuing support to the restoration effort, and we continue that support and the memory of Dickinson's legacy to this day.
While the Friends of the John Dickinson Mansion celebrate the life of John Dickinson, in April 2022 we learned that the focus of HCA’s John Dickinson Plantation, a division of the State of Delaware, has changed. With the discovery in 2021 of the African American graveyard on the property it is fitting that the plantation be honored as a site of conscience, but HCA’s story neglects to mention that Dickinson freed his slaves during his own lifetime and before the Constitution was written. Dickinson was an abolitionist but we believe the HCA website is misleading on this point.
Click below to see Dr. Jane Calvert's introduction to John Dickinson
Dickinson Speaks to Us
"Honor, justice and humanity call upon us to hold and to transmit to our posterity that liberty which we received from our ancestors. It is
not our duty to leave wealth to our children, but it is our duty to leave liberty to them." (Letters from a Farmer in Pennsylvania 1767-68)
"Let the general government be like the sun and the states the planets, repelled yet attracted, and the whole moving regularly and
harmoniously in several orbits." (John Dickinson at the Constitutional Convention 1787)
“Then join hand in hand, brave Americans all! / By uniting we stand, by dividing we fall.” ("The Liberty Song" by John Dickinson 1768)
“Experience must be our only guide. Reason may mislead us.” (John Dickinson at the Constitutional Convention 1787)
( Next Board Meeting: September 13, 2022 )