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 teenager practices casting on land.

Let's Go Fishing!

Join local partners in Delaware for a FREE public program for youth and their families to learn about fishing and their watersheds!

NPS Passport Cancellation Station

NPS Passport Cancellation Stations

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

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 stamp of the First State NHP Junior Ranger Badge in the Junior Ranger Passport Book.

Online Junior Ranger Activities

Earn your Junior Ranger badge by participating in a park program or completing a handful of online Junior Ranger activities from your home.

The sun rises over hills and trees on a foggy morning.

America The Beautiful Pass

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

Last updated: April 21, 2021

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 six 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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