Dover, Delaware, the state capital and the seat of Kent County. It is on the St. Jones River, 40 miles (64 km) south of Wilmington. Dover is the market and shipping center for a rich agricultural, fruit-growing, and cheese-making area. Fruit and vegetable canning and packing and the manufacturing of rubber products are the main industries.
Delaware State University is in Dover. The State House, dating to 1722, has been the capitol since 1777. Places of interest include the Hall of Records, Delaware State Museum, and, six miles (10 km) to the south, John Dickinson Mansion, home of the “Penman of the Revolution.” Dover Air Force Base is near the city. Dover was settled in 1683.