Carper returns to inspect state’s National Historical Park
As debate swirls in Washington over a number of topics this week, Delaware Senator Tom Carper is returning home to inspect the state's first national park, the John Dickinson Plantation.
"One of the people who sort of created the environment and the support for the uprising against the tyranny of the British throne was John Dickinson," says Carper. "And this is where he grew up."
For years, Carper was a driving force behind Delaware's first national historical park. Delaware became the last state in the nation to receive one in 2014.
"These are one of America's crown jewels. When we declare it a national park, we declare that it's nationally significant and it's unique," said First State National Historical Park Superintendent, Ethan McKinley.
The purpose of the visit was two-fold. Priority number one was to see how federal investments have improved and can continue to improve the park.
"A little bit of a chunk of money to help preserve this to make it possible for people all over the country all over the world who want to come and visit… It turns out the top destination for people from other countrys coming to America, the places they most want to visit, is our national parks. And Delaware has one of the most recently designated national parks," said Carper.
Second, to learn a bit about the history behind the plantation.
"We can't move forward unless we know what we've done before," says McKinley. "Delaware has its own unique story and it's own unique identity, and people should understand what that is if they're going to take full appreciation of what their state has to offer."
"I think Harry Truman once said the only thing new in the world is the history we've forgot or never learned," quipped Carper.