The beautiful state of Delaware was the first state to ratify the constitution, and we’re proud to feature it as the first in our 50 State Heritage Collection. In addition to being called the First State, Delaware is also known to many as the Diamond State. Thomas Jefferson called it the Diamond State because it was the jewel amongst the 13 states at that time due to its prime location on the Eastern Seaboard.
- Origin: Made in America
- Measures 3.5 inches H x 2.25 inches W
In 1775, when the American Revolution was coming to an end and it was time to vote for the Declaration of Independence, there had been a deadlock on the vote for independence in Philadelphia. Caesar Rodney, who served in the Continental Congress, famously did a midnight ride seventy miles through a thunderstorm to Independence Hall on July 1, 1776. He arrived on July 2 to vote and soon after Delaware joined eleven other states in favor of the resolution of Independence. Caesar Rodney was one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence, and Delaware was quick to ratify the new U.S. Constitution. On December 7, 1787, Delaware became the first state of the United States of America
About the 50 State Heritage Collection
Each of our 50 states have a unique history that we have set out to celebrate with this collection. Each ornament features memorable historical events and fun features that tell a little bit about the state. These ornaments will be released periodically in the order in which the state became part of the United States of America. We hope you'll enjoy these as much as we have enjoyed designing them!