• New Castle Court House - NPS

    First State

    National Monument DE,PA

Operating Hours & Seasons

First State National Monument is a new national park area. Right now, it has no National Park Service facilities. Programming and events will be done through our partners: The Delaware Division of Historical & Cultural Affairs and the Delaware State Parks.


New Castle

Old Courthouse Museum

Wednesday - Saturday: 10:00 - 3:30

Sunday: 1:30 - 4:30 Sunday

Closed on state holidays.


Dover Green

First State Heritage Park Welcome Center and Galleries:

Monday - Friday: 8:00 - 4:30

Saturday: 9:00 - 3:30

Sunday: 1;30 - 4:30


Woodlawn Tract (open 8:00 - Dusk)

Brandywine Creek State Park

Monday - Friday: 8:00 - 4:00

Open seven days a week from April until October.


Did You Know?

Black and white illustration of John Hunn

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.