Visitors to John Dickinson Plantation, 340 Kitts Hummock Road, Dover, can enjoy two special programs that explore 18th-century trades and pastimes that might have taken place at the property during the lifetime of the “Penman of the Revolution.”
In the first program, “18th Century Trades Day,” set for 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Oct. 14, visitors will have an opportunity to make bricks out of clay, preserve food in the smokehouse, weave a rug on a loom, watch a blacksmith forge iron and learn peg and shingle making. Admission is free.
In the second program, “Lantern Tours of the Plantation,” set for Oct. 27, guests will explore the parties, games and entertainment that would have abounded at the plantation during the nighttime in the 18th century. Tours will take place from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. and from 7 to 8 p.m. and will include wagon rides conducted by staff of the St. Jones Reserve exploring the nocturnal life of the estuary, a performer singing sea shanties in the garden and tours of the mansion house. Activities will conclude with a campfire. Admission is free, but, due to space restrictions, reservations are required by calling the plantation at 739-3277 no later than Oct. 26.
During November and December, the plantation will offer holiday-themed events and workshops.
The “Bayberry Candle Workshop,” set for 10 a.m. to noon and 1 to 3 p.m. Nov. 18, will examine bayberries and their use in creating candles. Admission is free, but reservations are required by Nov. 17.
The plantation will host the “Handmade for the Holidays” crafting series from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. select Sundays, in which visitors will create a sachet and herbs and spices, Nov. 25; a holiday-themed tile, Dec. 2; a gift tag with paper quilling, Dec. 16; and a holiday card with stencils, Dec. 23.
Note the plantation will be closed Nov. 23-24.
For more, call 739-3277.