We grabbed our sneakers, sun block, and cameras and headed out to Dover, Delaware to begin our daylong journey of experiencing Kent County. The agenda included history, scenic drives, plus local brews and seafood!
To start the day, we parked at the Delaware Public Archives, a great central location with free parking for those enjoying First State Heritage Park. They named this the “park without boundaries” and they mean it! Not just physical boundaries but, time travel boundaries! We saw, touched and experienced the history of our state and nation at the Old State House, Biggs Museum of American Art, Johnson Victrola Museum, Legislative Hall..whew to name a few! Historical interpreters and tour guides in period clothing brought it all to life and we left with a better understanding of the history in our backyard and an inspiration to be as revolutionary as our founding fathers.
Next up…lunch! We stopped at 33 West in downtown Dover but, some other great spots include Frazier’s and McGlynns Pub and Restaurant.
After lunch, we hopped back in the van and drove about 10 minutes away to John Dickinson Plantation, the beautiful home and estate of the “penman of the revolution.” With lush landscapes and really well maintained structures, it is as if you are whisked away into the 18th Century and completely forget that modern life is nearby. We toured the grounds and made our own sasha’s, which is not a dance move! But, is a really cool lesson on herbs and spices from the olden days! We can’t wait to go back and watch their cooking lessons!
Next stop was the Air Mobility Command Museum, which is about a 5-minute drive away from John Dickinson Plantation. Besides the fact that this museum has vintage historic aircrafts and is located on the Dover Air Force Base, so we got to see C-5’s practice landings and take offs. But, the volunteers and curators are all people that worked on these planes, flew them during wartime and lived and breathed the history of these exhibits. Definitely, go inside Air Force Two for a tour and make sure to climb up to the control tower for awesome views!
So, now that we experienced history and scenic drives. Our last remaining stops were to taste the local flavor!
Fordham and Old Dominion Brewery was about a 15 minute drive from the Air Mobility Command Museum and again, more free parking! The tour and tasting is $5 and totally worth it, you even get a souvenir pint glass to take home. The tour guide was able to break down the science of brewing into ways that non-brewers could understand and we even got some free tasting of their old-fashioned root beer!
Our last stop was at Sambo’s Tavern in rural Leipsic, Delaware. From the newspaper and mallets on the table to the pitchers of beer, this was a great restaurant with local flavor! Crabs, shrimp, oysters, scallops, were all caught fresh and served with famous hush puppies! But, it was the views of the sunset over the dock that made it a perfect end to a fascinating day!
So, our jam-packed day trip to Kent County came to an end but, lucky for us there is still more to see and do in Central Delaware. We didn’t even get to Dover Downs Hotel and Casino, Amish Country or Bombay National Wildlife Refuge…yet. Time to start planning the next trip.