Plan Your Visit
First State National Monument is a new national park unit. Programming and facilities are currently operated through our partners, especially the State of Delaware. Download a park brochure and map.
The New Castle Court House Museum and The Green, New Castle
Tours and education programs are available through the New Castle Court House Museum, 211 Delaware St., New Castle, DE. (302) 323-4453
Group Tours by appointment
Wednesday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Sunday, 1:30-4;30 p.m.
The Green, Dover
Laid out under direction from William Penn, Dover Green was the site of the Golden Fleece Tavern, the meeting place for Delaware's legislature and where delegates ratified the US Constitution and voted for the Bill of Rights. Today, the tavern is gone, but the Green remains a vibrant open space for public gatherings and concerts. The First State Heritage Park provides tours and programs. The Heritage Park Welcome Center is located at 121 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd., Dover, DE.; (302) 739-9194
Welcome Center Hours
Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Saturday, 9-4:30 p.m.
Sunday, 1:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m.
Woodlawn Tract, Brandywine Hundred
Immerse yourself in the type of mature hardwood forest that the Lenni Lenape knew. View the remnants of Quaker homesteads. Explore this land on foot, on bike, on horseback or in a canoe. Visit the Nature Center at the adjacent Brandywine Creek State Park, 41 Adams Dam Rd., Wilmington, DE; (302) 577-7756
Trail Maps are available at:
Visit the Nature Center at Adjacent Brandywine State Park:
Eastern National Passport Stamps
Stamps for the popular Eastern National Passport program are available at the Old Courthouse Museum in New Castle, the Old Statehouse in Dover, and Brandywine Creek State Park north of Wilmington. Each stamp features the name of the park and the individual park location. Details about the program can be found at:
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Underground Railroad Network to Freedom
The Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail, the first national water trail, follows historic routes of Smith's travels based on his map and journals. It encompasses 3,000 miles in parts of present-day Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, and the District of Columbia.
Chesapeake Bay Gateways Network
The Chesapeake Bay Gateways Network connects more than 170 parks, wildlife refuges, museums, sailing ships, historic communities, rivers, and trails where you can experience the authentic Chesapeake.
Travel and Tourism
Delaware Tourism: http://www.visitdelaware.com/
Delaware State Parks: http://www.destateparks.com/park/first-state-heritage/index.asp
City of Dover: http://www.cityofdover.com/Visitors-Center/
New Castle: http://www.go-delaware.com/New-Castle-Delaware/Attractions/
Greater Wilmington Convention and Visitors Bureau: http://www.visitwilmingtonde.com
Kent County and Greater Dover, Delaware Convention and Visitors Bureau: http://www.visitdover.com/
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.