Delaware Public Media

First State Heritage Park puts the spotlight on women in Delaware

Feb 28, 2017

The First State Heritage park is celebrating notable females in Delaware history with events in Dover this weekend.

The First Saturday events on The Green will celebrate Women's History month this weekend with tours of historical sites in the state capital will highlight Delaware’s female politicians, entrepreneurs and social leaders.

"So we really wanted to target it down to women taking action. Which we thought was really a subject people would be able to relate to," First State Heritage Park Superintendent Sarah Zimmerman said.

Visitors will learn about figures like Elizabeth Battell, the operator of the original Golden Fleece Tavern and a key figure in the birth of the First State.

But Battell is far from the only woman in who’s had an impact on Delaware’s history. The First Ladies of the First State will be celebrated during a tour of the Governor’s House. And a walking tour on The Green will focus on the state’s rich history of female political leaders.

"You can see the places (where) women were incredibly influential. You can hear about the lives and contributions about women that women took action in a variety of ways that you may or may not know about," Zimmerman said.

The First Saturday events start the morning of March 4 on The Green in Dover.