• 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.

Superintendent Russ Smith can be reached at 540-544-6363.

Did You Know?

A trail through a grassy open field recedes into the horizon

The Woodlawn property at First State National Monument contains the demarcation line known as the "12-mile arc," which is a part of a circle drawn from the Old New Castle Courthouse that established the boundary between British colonies of Pennsylvania and Delaware in the 17th century.