• New Castle Court House - NPS

    First State

    National Monument DE,PA


First State National Monument was created by Presidential Proclamation on March 25, 2013, making it one of the newest of over 400 units in the National Park Service. With this designation, Delaware has its first national park area and there are now national parks in all 50 states.

A superintendent is in charge of the park. There is no other NPS staff and no NPS facilities at this time. Programs and services are provided by park partners. Planning for the park is scheduled to begin in September of 2013.

The National Park Service in Delaware:
First State National Monument may be Delaware's first national park unit, but the National Park Service has been assisting communities in Delaware for decades. Delaware has:

  • 689 National Register of Historic Places listings
  • $135,235,136 of historic rehabilitation projects stimulated by tax incentives (since 1995)
  • 13 National Historic Landmarks
  • $36,874,038 in Land & Water Conservation Fund grants (since 1965)
  • 2,444 acres transferred by Federal Lands to Parks for local parks and recreation (since 1948)
  • $18,828,672 in historic preservation grants (since 1967)
  • 17 community conservation and recreation projects (since 1987)
  • 392 places recorded by heritage documentation programs
  • 5 Certified Local Governments
  • 2 Teaching with Historic Places lesson plans
  • 3 Discover Our Shared Heritage travel itineraries
  • www.nps.gov/de
Delaware National Coastal Special Resource Study and Environmental Assessment
National Park Service Special Resource Study (2008):

Did You Know?

Black and white illustration of Caesar Rodney, in profile

Dover, Delaware was the home of Caesar Rodney, the popular wartime leader of Delaware during the American Revolution and signer of the Declaration of Independence.