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.

The Old State house surrounded by green and red fall leaves.

Fall Events at First State NHP

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

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 girl completes a digital learning activity on a computer.

A Preservation Education Program

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

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: September 13, 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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