From First Settlement to First State

Famous as the First State to ratify the Constitution, Delaware was born out of a conflict among three world powers for dominance of the Delaware Valley.  From this beginning, the region developed a distinct character that tolerated diversity in religion and national origin and valued independence. 

A photo taken from the grass looking up towards Old Swedes Church on a sunny day.

Summer Events at First State NHP

Enjoy the warm weather this summer while exploring your National Park and attending seasonal events at any of the seven sites.

A man in colonial clothing poses in front of the Old State House.

Start Planning Your Trip

Discover the seven sites that make up First State NHP and decide how many sites you want to visit.

A girl in a bright pink shirt and blue jeans looks up through the trees using binoculars.

Explore The Seven Sites

Discover what you can do at each of the sites on a regular occurrence or see above for special events happening throughout the year.

Two kids learn how to play with historic toys.

Calling All Junior Rangers

Learn how you can earn your very own First State Junior Ranger Badge.

The Sheriff's House.

History & Culture

Be intrigued by the history that can be found at each of the seven sites spread throughout the entire state of Delaware.

Last updated: May 29, 2018

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

New Castle Court House Museum
211 Delaware Street

New Castle, DE 19720


(302) 544-6363
This phone number is not staffed. You can leave a message on the park's main phone number (302-544-6363) and we will return your call as soon as possible. If you are visiting one of the seven sites, and need specific information, please refer to the "Places to Go" page for phone numbers and addresses of each site.

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