Accomplishments

“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.”

smspring1_lg.jpg The Friends have been responsible for the extensive purchase of land and restoration of the gardens and mansion.
smjdickinson5_lg.jpg The Friends pro-vided funds for a life-size Dorfman figure of John Dickinson
smmaps_1.jpg The Friends installed a map depicting the original path of the St. Jones River
smwooldyeing_lg.jpg The Friends sponsor and support numerous events held at the Mansion such as this 18th century barbecue

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.