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:
National Park Service Special Resource Study (2008):
Did You Know?
Abolitionists Thomas Garret and John Hunn were tried in 1848 in the New Castle Court House in Delaware for violating the Fugitive Slave Act. Found guilty, they were fined thousands of dollars, lost their homes and businesses, but vowed to continue the fight against slavery regardless of the cost.