Parke Green Galleries
Meet the Artists in their Studios as they work. Hear the stories behind the Art. Paintings done in Watercolor & Acrylic. Featuring Historical Landscapes, American Folk Art, House Portraits, Pet Portraits, Gift Items - Prices in every range.
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We are happy to be part of Eat Drink and Buy Art as well as being included in Art Strolls which features many local venues on theDelmarva Peninsula to see great art and eat. We are especially delighted to be located in such a historic location as the US Constitution was ratified where we work each day. When you visit, you are actually standing on the site where our United States began as Delaware is the first state. We love coming in everyday to create art, write and also play music as we are multi-talented. You never know what we'll be doing when you visit but we can assure you, your trip will be memorable. For more info on the Golden Fleece Tavern see below.
Currently we have featured artists Maria Liberto Bessettte and Linda Chatfield. Our current show includes works from the Plein Air Painters of the MidAtlantic and is entitled Dover - Historic Perspective En Plein Air.
We are on the footprint of the old Golden Fleece Tavern, which acted as the seat of government for Delaware from 1777-1791. During the Revolution, the Red Coats marauded the early 'capital' in New Castle, Delaware, a busy port, several times. It was too easy to steal the treasury, government paper and even the governor (this happened a couple of times before they moved the capital to Dover, inland 10 miles from the Delaware Bay, the county seat of Kent County, Delaware).
The Golden Fleece Tavern was was the largest tavern where the Senate met & the tavern across the Green, the Sign of King George (later changed it's name to the General Washington after the Revolution) held the lower house. It was here, at the Golden Fleece, where the U.S. Constitution was first ratified in 1787 - making Delaware the First State. The Bill of Rights was also ratified on this location in 1790.
The State House was finished in 1791 and one of the first laws they passed said that the people's business could not be convened in a tavern anymore!