8th Annual 18th Century Market Fair

Date & Time: Saturday - November 4, 2017 - 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Location: 43 The Green - Dover, Delaware 19901

Free fun for the whole family with an 18th-century twist!

Fun for the entire family!

In the mid-1700s, The Green in Dover was the scene of autumn market fairs. Local tradespeople and travelling merchants exchanged goods, while entertainments of all sorts brought excitement to the town. Today these sights and sounds return to The Green, The Old State House, the John Bell House, the Dover Century Club and the site of Battell’s Golden Fleece tavern.

Celebrate fall as they did in the 18th century! Meet living history characters, enjoy 18th-century style entertainers, watch trades & craft demonstrations, purchase hand-crafted items and period reproductions throughout the day. There is something for everyone! Watch the comical interactive performance of Dr. Balthazar. Enjoy 18th-century style entertainment like Signora Bella who brings to life the tradition of the travelling performer of the eighteenth century as she juggles knives and flaming torches on the rola bola and the slackrope. Chat with living history characters like Timothy the 18th-century Irish Linen Worker as you watch him turn ordinary-looking flax straw into linen fabric using authentic tools of the period. Children will enjoy the hands-on activities. Watch demonstrations of traditional trades and crafts like glass making, woodworking, blacksmithing and spinning. 18th-century-style music and dancers add to the period atmosphere.

Market Fair begins at 10 a.m. and lasts until 4 p.m. Stay all day or stay just a short time; you will need at least a few hours to take

There are things happening all day - Living history presentations, Trades & Crafts demonstrators, Entertainers, Food & Drink, and the Delaware By Hand Holiday Market right next to the Biggs Museum.

Enjoy a tasty lunch or sweet treats from one of several local vendors and refreshments available throughout the day.

MARKET FAIR IS A RAIN OR SHINE EVENT. Be sure to dress for the weather! Most entertainments and tradespeople scheduled outdoors on The Green will move to indoor locations as noted in the program. All activities already located indoors will continue as scheduled.

State Street will be closed from Water Street to North Street. Free all-day parking is available at numerous locations near the Market Fair, marked on the map with this symbol [P]. Free on-street parking is also available around Legislative Mall.

Public Restrooms are available in the Biggs Museum, the First State Heritage Park Welcome Center and Legislative Hall. Portable restrooms are located behind the Old State House.

All people friendly pets are welcome! First State Heritage Park is located in the City of Dover, so all regulations should be followed. All Pets must be on a 6ft leash.

Admission to Market Fair is free, but you will be able to buy food and drink. Some demonstrators will also be offering goods for sale.


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