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
Explore the Brandywine Valley landscapes and trails that open space pioneer William Bancroft envisioned to enrich lives of urban dwellers.Read More
Today, the tavern where Delaware’s legislature ratified the Constitution is gone, but the Green remains a vibrant space for public gatherings.Read More
New Castle Court House
Here, Delaware declared independence and later tested the ideals of the Declaration of Independence in trials of abolitionists.Read More
Did You Know?
In a time of growing urbanism with crowded conditions and little open space, William Bancroft, a wealthy Quaker businessman, advocated for planned development and parkland. In 1901, he created the Woodlawn Company, (today Woodlawn Trustees), to preserve open space for the benefit of the people.