Gov. Jack Markell and first lady Carla Markell will welcome guests to Woodburn: The Governor’s House for the annual Holiday Open House from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 1. Woodburn is at 151 Kings Highway in Dover, and the event is free.
Markell is the ninth governor of Delaware to officially reside at Woodburn. Woodburn was purchased by the state of Delaware in 1965 and became the Governor’s House.
The Georgian mansion, built around 1790, is considered to be one of the finest examples of late 18th century architecture in Delaware and is an excellent example of local craftsmen’s joinery talents. The interior is particularly notable for its surviving detailing, including a broad, open pine staircase and full interior paneling.
With its Flemish bond facade, Woodburn is an imposing house, set within spacious grounds and gardens. The house was built around 1798 by Charles Hillyard III who bought the land at a sheriff’s sale for $110. At the time of purchase, the estate measured approximately10 acres and was located outside the town limits of Dover.
In addition to the open house, three other events will be taking place in downtown Dover Dec. 1. All are free and everyone is welcome.
“Signed, Sealed & Delivered: Delaware Ratifies the Constitution” will be presented at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. at The Old State House on The Green.
Back by popular demand, Alan McLane and Gunning Bedford Jr. will entertain visitors with their accounts of their signing and the ratification of the Constitution. This interactive program explains why Delaware is the First State.
Sounds of the Season, from 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at the Johnson Victrola Museum, 375 S. New St., will offer a special blend of vintage Victor recordings played on the original talking machines.
“We Poor Devils,” at 10 a.m., noon, and 2 p.m. at the First State Heritage Park Welcome Center and Galleries, 121 Duke of York St., examines the holiday season and winter among the troops.