You can learn more about Caesar Rodney on Saturday

DOVER — The First State Heritage Park, in partnership with Caesar Rodney High School, will present a historical theater production for the monthly “First Saturday in the First State” gathering this weekend. A variety of other free events and activities will also be featured.

On Saturday, “Independence or the Bayonet – the Life and Times of Caesar Rodney” will be presented four times at The Old State House throughout the day.

Attendees will learn about the life of Caesar Rodney, one of Kent County’s favorite sons, who went on to sign the Declaration of Independence and serve as the fourth president of Delaware.

The play will take place in 45 minute intervals at 11, 1, 3, and 5. Students will perform the historical theater piece under the direction of Caesar Rodney theater teacher John Muller.

Tickets are free but space is limited. Reservations can be made by calling 739-9194.

Other programs during the day Saturday will also emphasize the importance of Caesar Rodney.

From 9 to 4:30, the John Bell House will offer an overview on the life of Rodney and prepare attendees for the historical theater presentation.

Also from 9 to 4:30, individuals can tour Legislative Hall (a photo ID is required); visit the Biggs Museum of American Art, where kids ages 5 to 10 can make a special bird craft; or stop by the Johnson Victrola Museum for a lesson in music education.

From 10 to 1, the state will offer guided tours of Woodburn, the governor’s house. The Hall House, the guest house next door, will also be open.

From 10 to 3, there will be a walking tour of The Green, meeting at the John Bell House. Participants will hear about Dover’s role in the American Revolution.

Also from 10 to 3, individuals 10 and up can take part in an archeological dig and uncover small pieces of Dover’s past.

At 10:30, the Delaware Public Archives will present a program on preserving documents and photographs and how you can protect family records.

From 1:30 to 4, the Kent County Courthouse will be open for an informational session about its past, including how the space was once used for a hotel.

Admission to all park sites and programs is free.

For more information about “First Saturday” events and all First State Heritage Park programs, call 739-9194 or visit


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