Light Me Up, an illuminating workshop on traditional candle-dipping, will take place from 1:30 to 3 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 19, at the John Dickinson Plantation located at 340 Kitts Hummock Road in Dover.

Conducted by historic-site interpreter Vertie Lee, the workshop will explore candle-dipping techniques and lighting devices that would have been used during the 18th century when John Dickinson was in residence at the plantation. Visitors will have an opportunity to dip their own candles which can then be taken home on Nov. 19.

Additional activities, which will take place between 10 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., will include special tours of the plantation, including The Last Plate at Poplar Hall, a decorative-foods display which features re-creations of traditional 18th-century holiday favorites. Admission to the plantation is free and open to the public but, due to space limitations, reservations for the candle-dipping workshop must be made by calling 302-739-3277 no later than Nov. 18.

The John Dickinson Plantation was the boyhood home and country estate of John Dickinson, one of the founding fathers of the United States, signer of the U.S. Constitution and "Penman of the Revolution." The plantation features Dickinson’s original 1740 brick home, reconstructed farm buildings and a log'd dwelling, surrounded by rich agricultural lands stretching down to the banks of the St. Jones River.

The John Dickinson Plantation is administered by the Delaware Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs, an agency of the state of Delaware. The division enhances Delaware’s quality of life by preserving the state’s unique historical heritage, fostering community stability and economic vitality and providing educational programs and assistance to the general public on Delaware history and heritage. Primary funding for division programs and services is provided by annual appropriations from the Delaware General Assembly and grants from the National Park Service, a federal agency.

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