Summer Events at First State NHP

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With seven sites throughout Delaware, First State National Historical Park has something for everyone.

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Summer is an exciting time to be exploring your national parks - the air is warm, and the sun is shinning. As the season changes at First State National Historical Park, so does the special events calendar, and the hours of operations. Don't miss out on some of these exciting events happening throughout the state, at a site near you!

New Castle County

Beaver Valley
06/21: Public hike with the Wilmington Trail Club at 9:00a.m. for a 8-10 mile long hike, which leaves from Rocky Run Parking Lot. Visit the WT website for more information about the hike, and how to prepare.
06/28: Public hike with the Wilmington Trail Club at 9:00a.m. for a 11-13 mile long hike, which leaves from Smith Bridge Parking Lot. Visit the WT website for more information about the hike, and how to prepare.
06/30 Picnic With a Ranger: Bring your dinner to Smith Bridge Picnic Area and eat with and get to know First State NHP's staff! For more information visit the park's Facebook Event page.
07/05: Public hike with the Wilmington Trail Club at 9:00a.m. for a 8-10 mile long hike, which leaves from Thompsons Bridge Parking Lot. Visit the WT website for more information about the hike, and how to prepare.
07/17: Public hike with the Wilmington Trail Club at 9:00a.m. for a 9-10 mile long hike, which leaves from Smith Bridge Parking Lot. Visit the WT website for more information about the hike, and how to prepare.

Fort Christina
06/24: Midsommar (a Sweden holiday)
06/24-06/25: Kick off the summer by earning your very own special edition Historic & Preservation at Fort Christina during the sites Junior Ranger Days!
06/27: Learn about the history of Fort Christina while celebration the Anniversary of Park opening 79 years ago through hands on activities, and tours.
07/08: Enjoy the Pirate Festival at the Kalmar Nyckel Foundation and Fort Christina
07/22-07/23: Earn your very own special edition Historic & Preservation at Fort Christina during the sites Junior Ranger Days!
08/19-08/20: Earn your very own special edition Historic & Preservation at Fort Christina during the sites Junior Ranger Days!

Old Swedes Historic Site
Daily tours available!

New Castle Court House and Museum
06/10-06/11 Separation Day: Explore Delaware's history, enjoy activities, listen to music and more! For more information visit the City of New Castle's website.

Kent County

First State Heritage Park (The Green, Dover)
06/03 Explore the Arts: Celebrate the musical influences of Delaware's past, be inspired by Ansel Adams' black and white photographs, and learn the art of Old English Country Dancing. Visit First State Heritage Park's Facebook page to learn more about specific programs and events going on.
07/14 Presbyterian Cemetery Lantern Tour: Join guides in historic clothing through an historic Dover cemetery by lantern light, and meet historic Dover figures. Visit First State Heritage Park's Facebook page to learn more about specific programs and events going on.
08/18 Christ Church Cemetery Lantern Tour: Join guides in historic clothing through an historic Dover cemetery by lantern light, and meet historic Dover figures. Visit First State Heritage Park's Facebook page to learn more about specific programs and events going on.

John Dickinson Plantation
Daily tours available!


Sussex County

Ryes Holt House
06/16 2017 Family Boat Building Contest: Learn about the history of ship making, and get your hands dirty by trying it out yourself. Visit the Lewes Historical Societies Facebook page for more information.
06/24 Mid-Atlantic Sea Glass and Costal Art: Enjoy festive live music and delicious food all weekend. Learn the history of sea glass and bring your glass shards and bottles, as specialists will be available to identify your treasurers on-site. Visit the Lewes Historical Societies Facebook page for more information.
07/08 Craft Fair: The Lewes Historical Society invites the public to celebrate the work of over 70 other talented artisans on Saturday, July 8, from 9:00am until 4:00pm at the Lewes Historic Campus at 110 Shipcarpenter Street. Visit the Lewes Historical Societies Facebook page for more information.

Last updated: June 23, 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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