Basic Information

There are welcome centers at each of the seven sites where you can learn about available tours and programs, and get your passport books stamped. Please visit the "Directions" page below to get the other physical addresses. 

New Castle Court House Museum
211 Delaware Street
New Castle, DE 19720

Seven sites make up First State National Historical Park in Delaware and southeastern Pennsylvania. For details and directions for each site, please visit the visitor centers page below.

Standard operating hours are included below, however, those hours change seasonally at each of the seven sites. Please visit the "Operating Hours & Seasons" page for links to partner websites. 

 

Beaver Valley (Woodlawn Tract)

Beaver Valley (Woodlawn Tract) consists of 1,100 acres of rolling hills and wooded areas are located along the Brandywine River and the arced border between northern Delaware and southern Pennsylvania.

Standard Hours

  • Sunday: Sunrise - Sunset
  • Monday: Sunrise - Sunset
  • Tuesday: Sunrise - Sunset
  • Wednesday: Sunrise - Sunset
  • Thursday: Sunrise - Sunset
  • Friday: Sunrise - Sunset
  • Saturday: Sunrise - Sunset

Fort Christina

Fort Christina is closed, except for special events. It is open during the summer, from Memorial Day (May 27th) to Labor Day (September 5th), Tuesday through Friday from 11am -4pm, Saturday 10am-4pm, Sunday 12pm-4pm. It was here, along the banks of the Christina River over 375 years ago, that the first Swedish and Finnish American settlers aboard the Kalmar Nyckel and the Fogel Grip landed and settled the first American Swedish colony, New Sweden.

Standard Hours

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  • Monday: Closed
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Additional Information

Old Swedes Church

Generally open Wednesday-Saturday. Hours change seasonally.

Standard Hours

  • Sunday: Closed
  • Monday: Closed
  • Tuesday: Closed
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  • Saturday: -

New Castle Court House Museum

Historic New Castle served as the colonial capital of Delaware until 1777 and provides valuable stories of our country's earliest settlers and founding fathers. The museum is closed on state holidays.

Standard Hours

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  • Monday: Closed
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The Green, Dover

William Penn established the town of Dover in 1683. As surveyed in 1717, the town featured three public squares including The Green.

Standard Hours

  • Sunday: Sunrise - Sunset
  • Monday: Sunrise - Sunset
  • Tuesday: Sunrise - Sunset
  • Wednesday: Sunrise - Sunset
  • Thursday: Sunrise - Sunset
  • Friday: Sunrise - Sunset
  • Saturday: Sunrise - Sunset

John Dickinson Plantation

Home to John Dickinson, known as the "penman of the Revolution" because his writings helped inspire colonial opposition to Great Britain, this site was built in 1739 and located about 6 miles southeast of The Green in Dover.

Standard Hours

  • Sunday: Closed
  • Monday: Closed
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Ryves Holt House

This house, built in 1665 in Lewes, Delaware by early Dutch settlers, is thought to be built thirty years after the destruction of the nearby ill-fated Zwaanendael colony, one of the first Dutch settlements in America, and first European settlement in Delaware. The Lewes Historical Society's hours are subject to change, so please refer to their website for updated hours.

Standard Hours

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Additional Information

The closest locations to purchase an interagency pass are:
Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge, Smyrna, DE
Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge, Milton, DE

In addition, please refer to this link for locations across the country to purchase interagency passes. 

Entrance Fees:

First State Fees - $0.00

There are no fees to visit First State National Historical Park. Some partner sites may charge a small fee for special programs.

Entrance Passes:

First State Passes - $0.00

First State National Historical Park does not sell or accept park passes, because we are a fee-free park.

There are seven sites throughout the state that collectively tell First State National Historical Park's story, and can be visited in any order. Currently, the park does not have one, central visitor center. However, each site has some type of welcome center where you will receive informaiton about the site and available tours. 

 

With seven sites spread throughout the entire state of Delaware First State National Historical Park (NHP) has much to offer history buffs, and nature enthusiasts alike! Most of our sites are managed and interpreted by our partners, so please make sure you check the" Operating Hours & Seasons" page prior to visiting. Each of our sites has specific seasonal events that is found on our "Events" page.

 
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Places To Go

Explore, and learn about all seven locations spread throughout the entire state of Delaware.

NPS Passport Cancellation Station

NPS Passport Cancellation Stations

Collect all 12 cancellation stamps located throughout the entire state of Delaware.

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Laws & Policies

I need a permit for that? Review this list of laws and policies and avoid surprises.

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FAQ's

Have a question about First State NHP? Click here to read about our most commonly asked questions.

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Get Involved

Give back to the park by volunteering at one of seven sites spread throughout the state of Delaware.

Last updated: March 27, 2017

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

New Castle Court House Museum
211 Delaware Street

New Castle, DE 19720

Phone:

(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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