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 gentleman is hanging meet in the smokehouse at the John Dickinson Plantation.

Spring Events at First State NHP

Enjoy the sunshine on your face and take in the different fresh flowers throughout the seven sites.

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.

Photo of the Ryves Holt House with small green plants in front of it.

Places to Go

First State NHP has much to offer history buffs and nature enthusiasts alike with treasured sites throughout the state of Delaware.

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.

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.

Last updated: February 25, 2019

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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