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!

08/21 Solar Eclipse: View the solar eclipse at any of the seven sites that make up the park.
08/25 NPS Turns 101: Celebrate the National Park Services Birthday by visiting one of the sites listed below.

New Castle County

Beaver Valley
08/16: 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.
08/30: Public hike with the Wilmington Trail Club at 9:00a.m. for a 9-10 mile long hike, which leaves from Brandywine Creek State Park. Visit the WT website for more information about the hike, and how to prepare.
09/03: Public hike with the Wilmington Trail Club at 9:00a.m. for a 5 mile long hike, which leaves from the Thompsons Bridge Parking Lot. Visit the WT website for more information about the hike, and how to prepare.
09/07 Beaver Valley History Talk: Join First State NHP Staff and Journalist and historian W. Barksdale Maynard for a history talk on Beaver Valley. The program will start at 6:00pm at the Pilot School.
09/13: Public hike with the Wilmington Trail Club at 9:00a.m. for a 11-13 mile long hike, which leaves from the Smith Bridge Parking Lot. Visit the WT website for more information about the hike, and how to prepare.
09/13: Public hike with the Wilmington Trail Club at 6:30p.m. for a 3-4 mile long hike, which leaves from the Courtyard Hotel Parking Lot. Visit the WT website for more information about the hike, and how to prepare.

Fort Christina
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
10/14: "Ghosts in the Graveyard" Learn about the history of the cemetery on a guided tour. For more information visit the Old Swedes Foundation's website.
10/21: "Ghosts in the Graveyard" Learn about the history of the cemetery on a guided tour. For more information visit the Old Swedes Foundation's website.
12/10: "Sankta Lucia Celebration" Join in on Swedish Holiday celebrations while learning about the history of the site. For more information visit the Old Swedes Foundation's website.
12:01-12/30: "A Swedish Christmas in Hendrickson House" For more information visit the Old Swedes Foundation's website.
4/22: "SpringFest" For more information visit the Old Swedes Foundation's website.

New Castle Court House and Museum
9/16: The 3nd Annual River Towns Ride & Festival (11:30a.m.-5:00p.m.) is a one-day joint festival held between the two waterfront towns of New Castle and Delaware City. Visit the Visit the festival website to learn more about activities and how you can earn your own medal.

Kent County

First State Heritage Park (The Green, Dover)
08/18 Dover Comic Con Kick-Off: 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.
08/19 Stranger Tales: Discover some of Delaware’s stranger folklore and urban legends, learn how history transforms into myth and invent your own mythical creature. Visit First State Heritage Park's Facebook page to learn more about specific programs and events going on.
08/25 Lantern Tour of The Green: Join guides in historic clothing for a tour of Dover's historic Green by lantern light. Hear true tales of tragedy and infamy. Visit First State Heritage Park's Facebook page to learn more about specific programs and events going on.
09/02 First People in the First State: Join the Heritage Park for the monthly First Saturday in the First State program. In partnership with the Lenape Tribe of Delaware, the First State Heritage Park celebrates Native American Heritage. Visit First State Heritage Park's Facebook page to learn more about specific programs and events going on.
09/05 Shakespeare Day: Free outdoor Shakespeare returns with Brown Box Theater Project's most ambitious production yet, Hamlet. 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
09/10 Cannonball 5K Run: The race is designed to be a tour of historic Lewes, the course includes breath-taking scenery along Pilottown Road, and views of the Great Marsh, Shipcarpenter Square, Second Street, and the Lewes & Rehoboth Canal. Visit The Lewes Historical Society's website for more information.
09/30 Lewes Craft Fair: With its wealth of historical sites, museums, unique shops, restaurants and pristine beaches, Lewes is an exciting destination for craft buyers and visitors alike. Visit The Lewes Historical Society's website for more information.

Last updated: August 17, 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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