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.

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Spring Events at First State NHP

Explore your National Park by attending one or more of the events happening this spring.

NPS Passport Cancellation Station

NPS Passport Cancellation Stations

How many stamps can you collect in Delaware? Spoiler the answer is 12!

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Places To Go

First State NHP consists of six sites spread throughout the state of Delaware that the entire family can enjoy.

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A Preservation Education Program

Students will experience historic preservation through immersive digital tools to explore artifacts, read letters, hear stories, and connect

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America The Beautiful Pass

Learn how to purchase your senior pass or obtain other passes in the state of Delaware.

Last updated: March 14, 2022

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Contact Info

Mailing Address:

New Castle Court House Museum
Attn: First State NHP
211 Delaware Street

New Castle , DE 19720

Phone:

302-478-2769
The park's main phone number is temporally out of service while sprinklers are installed at the New Castle Court House Museum. If you need to speak to a park ranger call our ranger station at (302-478-2769) and someone will return your call as soon as possible. For a more immediate response, please email the park at firststate@nps.gov.

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