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 little girl plays colonial games with a gentleman in period clothing.

Summer Events at First State NHP

Escape the heat by splashing in the water at Beaver Valley or taking a tour of a historic building! (Photo Credit First State Heritage Park)

NPS Passport Cancellation Station

NPS Passport Cancellation Stations

How many stamps can you collect in Delaware? Spoiler the answer is 13!

Two kids pose at Fort Christina with their Junior Ranger Badge.

Kids & Youth

There is something for everyone to discover at First State NHP!

A girl in a bright pink shirt and blue jeans looks up through the trees using binoculars.

Places To Go

One state with seven places to explore!

Volunteers help pick up litter in the park.

Get Involved

Are you a history buff or a nature enthusiast? We have something for everyone to enjoy!

Last updated: August 8, 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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