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Elaine Brenchley, First State Heritage Park, 302-739-9194, , or Necia Beck, Delaware State Parks, 302-739-9175,  

First State Heritage Park offers “MythBusting” at the John Bell House

DOVER (March 27, 2013) – Were people really shorter in the 18th century?  Is it true that people in colonial times never bathed? The truth behind these and other historical myths is revealed on Saturday, April 6 during First Saturdays in the First State, presented by First State Heritage Park from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the John Bell House on The Green in Dover.

Tall tales about American history are repeated over and over and passed from one generation to the next. Some are outright fabrications, while others contain a kernel of truth. “MythBusters” explores and debunks some widely repeated historical misunderstandings.

In addition, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., hourly walking tours leave from the John Bell House. The Heroes of the Revolution Walking Tour tells the stories of Tories, Whigs, militia and insurrection that made Dover a hotbed of revolutionary and loyalist activity during the struggle for American Independence.

 For monthly First Saturdays in the First State, the park offers free programs at each of the partner sites, including tours of the two capitol buildings in Dover, lectures at the Delaware Public Archives and the monthly “Biggs Kids” program at the Biggs Museum of American Art. Exhibits are also on display at the Johnson Victrola Museum, the First State Heritage Park Welcome Center and Galleries and the Biggs Museum.

The park also announces a change to previously scheduled First Saturday programming for Woodburn. The Governor’s House will be closed to visitors on the First Saturday of April for construction to improve exterior accessibility.

First State Heritage Park sites are open 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Admission to all park sites and programs is free. Centrally located free parking is available at the First State Heritage Park Welcome Center and Galleries, located at 121 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd N., Dover, DE (formerly 121 Duke of York Street).  More information about park programs is available by calling 302-739-9194 or visiting

The First State Heritage Park at Dover is Delaware’s first urban “park without boundaries” linking historic and cultural sites in the city that has been the seat of state government since 1777.The park is a partnership of state agencies, under the leadership of Delaware State Parks, working in collaboration with city and county government, nonprofit organizations and the private sector.

Vol. 43, No.111

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