History & Culture

First State National Historical Park interprets the nationally significant cultural and historic resources associated with early settlement of the Delaware Valley by the Dutch, Swedish, Finnish and English, Delaware’s role in the establishment of the nation, and as the first State to ratify the Constitution. While also interpreting the natural and cultural landscape of the Brandywine Valley consistent with William Poole Bancroft’s vision of an open space accessible to the public for their health and well-being. You can explore each of the seven sites and their unique history by clicking on the desired site's photo below.


Last updated: September 29, 2020

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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