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. 

Visitors explore the annual Market Fair held on The Dover Green in November each year.

Fall Events at First State NHP

Enjoy the cool, crisp fall air and vibrant fall colors at First State by visiting or attending seasonal events at any of the seven sites.

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

Things to Know Before You Come

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

A photo of an old dam structure through the lens of a camera.

2018 Photo Contest

Participate in an inaugural park wide photo contest, the theme for this contest is “Finding Your Park at First State!"

Two kids pose at Fort Christina with their Junior Ranger Badge.

Become a Junior Ranger

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: September 20, 2018

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

New Castle Court House Museum
Attn: First State NHP
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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