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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Park Orientation Film

Discover the historical significance of First State National Historical Park through our 15 minute orientation film.

NPS Passport Cancellation Station

NPS Passport Cancellation Stations

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

A view across the Brandywine River on a partly cloudy day.

Plan Like A Park Ranger

10 tips to help you plan your visit to First State NHP.

A ranger walking down the brick path, lined with bright green foliage, at Fort Christina

Places To Go

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

A group of people gather for a lantern tour under a large tree.

Fall Events at First State NHP

Explore your National Park by attending one or more of the events happening this fall. (Photo Credit: First State Heritage Park)

Last updated: September 26, 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


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

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