Leave Your Mark on Delaware History

Next Upcoming Date: Monday, December 10 2018 to Sunday, January 31 2021

Leave your mark on history!  Come stand where our country began!  This is an on-going daily event that is open to any visitors who wish to sign a tag and become part of a mobile composed of wire and willow.

As former Delaware Governor Michael Castle famously said:
                                       "Delaware was the whole country for five days." 

And the ratification took place in The Golden Fleece Tavern located on The Green in Dover, Delaware. The site is currently home to the Parke Building which was originally built as the Capitol Hotel in 1830 to replace The Golden Fleece Tavern.  A commemorative marker celebrates Mrs. Elizabeth Battelle whose tavern bill proved to be the authentication needed to determine where the historic signing took place.  It is featured as a PokemonGo sight.  

As recounted in the commemorative book for the Bicentennial of the ratification, The Golden Fleece, written by James B. Jackson, the handwritten slip of paper concerning the payment to Mrs. Battelle confirmed where the historic ratification occurred on that phenomenal day--December 7, 1787.  The ratification document is also available on the Delaware Archives site.  Official plaques detailing these document and providing official recognition of The Golden Fleece hang on the Parke Building under a replica of the original Golden Fleece Sign.

And now, visitors can walk on this historic site surrounded by art and local souvenirs as it is home to the Parke Green Galleries and The Delaware Store.  Parke Green features the work of Jan Crumpley and N. Taylor Collins as well as featured artists in the main galleries named after historic Dover women, Annie Jump Cannon and Mabel Lloyd Ridgely.  Advid history buffs, they will fill you in on all the local history.  

As Taylor Collins, one of the artists at Parke Green likes to say:
             # 1 - Delaware - We may be small, but we started it ALL. 

To commemorate your visit, you can sign a tag and hang on the infamous wire and willow free-form mobile sculpture.  You can write anything on your tag that you choose as it will hang with other visitors from around the world who have ventured to our humble beginnings as a country.  We welcome you daily during normal business hours.   

Upcoming Dates For This Event:
  • Monday, December 10 2018 to Sunday, January 31 2021
  • Saturday, January 25 to Friday, March 18 2022
  • Sunday, January 26 to Saturday, March 19 2022
  • Monday, January 27 to Sunday, March 20 2022
  • Tuesday, January 28 to Monday, March 21 2022
  • Wednesday, January 29 to Tuesday, March 22 2022
  • Thursday, January 30 to Wednesday, March 23 2022
  • Friday, January 31 to Thursday, March 24 2022
  • Saturday, February 1 to Friday, March 25 2022
  • Sunday, February 2 to Saturday, March 26 2022
    • 331 S. State Street Dover, Delaware
  • Location: Parke Green Galleries
  • Taylor Collins
  • 302 674-1787

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