Its strategic location on the Eastern coastline earned Delaware the nickname ‘Diamond State.’ The small mid-Atlantic State was the first to ratify the US constitution.
Top attractions in Delaware include zoos, monuments, museums and historical mansions. Here we will attempt to select 9 of the utmost irresistible sites in the Diamond State you must check out.
From the Grand Opera House to Delaware’s Old State House, you can’t resist a chance to see these top-rated place.
The Nanticoke Indian Museum
Located in Millsboro and listed as a National Historic Landmark, The Nanticoke Indian Museum has several Native American artifacts on display. Most notable among them is the traditional wooden canoe that was an intimate part of the seaside natives’ lives. Also on display however are pottery works, arrowheads, spears and textiles. Some of the artifacts date back up to the 8000 BC. This is therefore the perfect site to learn about the rich culture of the Nanticoke Indians.
Brandywine Creek State Park
Located just a few miles off Wilmington along the Brandywine Creek, this is the perfect destination for nature lovers. That is because of the immense variety of wildlife and birds to watch. Furthermore, the natural park inside the Diamond State has a carefully winding trail gracing the shores of Brandywine River. The hiking trails also wind gradually around the rocky landscapes of the Creek for the best hike adventures. Also notable in the Brandywine Creek State Park is the Brandywine Zoo.
John Dickinson Plantation – Dover, Diamond State
The John Dickinson complex showcases everything that embodied the life of one of America’s founder fathers. The Plantation now homes John’s brick house which was since renovated and serves as a museum of Constitutional history. Also part of the farm complex are the outbuildings and slave house. Not to forget the lovely plantation that now acts as preservation for visitors’ camping and exploration. You’ve got to tour the home to the Penman of the American Revolution.
Old Statehouse – Delaware
Located in The Green – Kent County,the Old Statehouse is a Georgian-style building completed in 1792. The first permanent capitol building in Central Delaware, Old Statehouse now documents the presentations of the State Governor. Also on show are the building’s artifacts and photographs from the 18th Century.
Air Mobility Command Museum (AMCM)
Exhausted aircrafts retire at the Air Mobility Command Museum at Heritage Road – Dover. It now hosts an array of vintage aircrafts including the C-141B Star-lifter, C133 Cargomaster and the C130 Hercules among others. Especially interesting though, AMCM has been a military airlift and refueling center. There are thus several artifacts to reflect the same and also document the overall history of the Dover Air Force Base.
Grand Opera House – Diamond State’s theater
As lively and lovely as the namesake in Belfast, The Grand has hosted vaudevillians, symphonies, operas, burlesques – you name it. Most of the entertainment extravaganzas are available all year long while a few others including classical concerts need you to check the calendar for. Only remember to keep away that camera or phone of yours as video coverage or camera capture is forbidden in the exclusive Opera House.
Delaware Art Museum – Diamond State Paintings Center
The exquisite art Museum in Wilmington features galleries with pre-Raphaelite art as well as 19th to 21st Century American artworks. The interior décor perfectly complements the American Poster designs, Howard Pyle Collections and the English Craftworks on display. Also on display at the colorful Museum in the heart of the Diamond State is a 9-acre Sculpture garden. This is lined with magnificent sculptures by the craft greats.
Nemours Mansion and Gardens
This classical French-themed Mmnsion on an over 200-acre country estate resembles a winery. Owned by the famous Philanthropist and Industrialist – Alfred I. DuPont, the Estate comprises a 77-room mansion and a Chauffeur’s bay. The carage boasts its own mini concur d’elegance, showcasing the vintage wheels used in the estate. Finally, the scenic vast gardens have lovely meadows, lawns and cool woodlands on show.
Hagley Museum and Library
Still the work of Industrialist DuPont, the Hagley Museum is a non-profit educational institution with exhibition and demonstrations linking industrialization to American history. It also focuses on the history of the DuPont Company and its employees’ lifestyles. Most notable at the museum are the explosives and gunpowder mills and the expansive gardens. The Hagley Library, on the other hand, contains manuscripts and archives documenting the American technological and business history. Also present are the photographs and pamphlets from the industrialization age. It therefore hosts scholars from all around the Globe.
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Originally posted 2017-05-08 08:11:27.