Honoring Dover's Past

When you step out onto Blackwell Street, Dover's main thoroughfare, you can almost feel the hustle and bustle of the 19th century. You can imagine merchants, miners, and dock workers surveying the barge traffic on the Morris Canal.

You can imagine the country's cultural elite strolling down the avenue after a performance at the Baker Opera House or the Baker Theater.

You can hear the rumble of steam engines and the clatter of trolleys, shuttling shoppers, businessmen, and workers between stores and homes.

You can smell the hearty dinners being served in the homes of immigrant families and listen to the polite discussions of politics in the stately homes nestled in the surrounding hills.

And you can sense the pride of founders Joseph Blackwell and Henry McFarlan, who succeeded in creating a small town where people from all economic classes, races and religions work, play, and worship together.

Thanks to the hard work of its citizens, today's Dover still has the same small town qualities that make it a wonderful place to live: historic architecture, robust commerce, and a diverse mix of friendly people.