From First Settlement to First State

Famous as the First State to ratify the Constitution, Delaware was born out of a conflict among three world powers for dominance of the Delaware Valley.  From this beginning, the region developed a distinct character that tolerated diversity in religion and national origin and valued independence 


Two cyclists on a trail through a field

Woodlawn Tract (Beaver Valley)

Explore the Brandywine Valley landscapes and trails that open space pioneer William Bancroft envisioned to enrich lives of urban dwellers.

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Park Planning

First State National Historical Park is a new park. Please join us for public planning sessions to help determine the park's future.

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The Assembly Room of the Court House

New Castle Court House Museum

Here, Delaware separated from Great Britain in June of 1776. Days later Caesar Rodney made his famous ride to cast the state's vote for independence

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