I visited Dover this last Saturday for First Saturdays in the First State, I had a chance to re-visit Woodburn, which was open to the public. This home, built c. 1798 by Charles Hillyard III, is one of the finest Middle Period Georgian historic houses in Delaware.
Woodburn has served as the official residence of the Governor of Delaware since it was purchased by the state in 1965. Today, historians credit Woodburn's historical importance as much to the home's architecture as to its previous notable residents. Gentlemen farmers, landowners, an abolitionist, two U.S. Senators, two doctors, a dentist, a judge and eight recent Delaware Governors have all left their imprints on this fine historic Delaware home.
It is within walking distance of The Green and Legislative Hall (our State Capitol building) and is well worth the visit, especially when it has open hours. The next open day will be May 3, 2014, but you can request an appointment at (302) 739-5656 or via e-mail at Corey.Marshall-Steele@state.de.us.
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