Fall 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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Fall is an exciting time to be exploring your national parks - the air is crisp, and the leaves are changing. 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
10/14 Fall Clean Up: Join First State NHP staff and our partners at TNC for an annual fall watershed clean up. Visit the volunteer page for additional information and to register.
10/28 8th Annual Halloween Hike: Public hike with the Wilmington Trail Club at 9:00a.m. for a brisk 15 mile long hike, which leaves from the Courtyard Hotel Parking Lot. Visit theWT website for more information about the hike, and how to prepare.

Fort Christina
Closed for the season.

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
10/18 The Spirit of New Castle Past: A play by historic-site interpreter David Price explores historical figures of New Castle’s past. Visitors will be able hear their stories of conquest, murder, adultery, kidnapping, slavery and revolution. Starts at 7:00p.m. once the doors will close there will be no admission. The program is free but, due to space restrictions, reservations are required by calling 302-323-4453

Kent County

First State Heritage Park (The Green, Dover)
10/20 Dark Dover Lantern Tour: Witness firsthand true stories of murder and mayhem, and encounter characters whose legends have left their sinister imprint on The Green. Visit First State Heritage Park's Facebook page to learn more about specific programs and events going on.
11/04 Market Fair: Step back into the 18th Century on The Green explore a variety of activities from 8:00a.m.-4:00p.m. Visit First State Heritage Park's Facebook page to learn more about specific programs and events going on.
12/2 Holiday Cheer: Join First State Heritage Park for the monthly First Saturday in the First State program. Visit First State Heritage Park's Facebook page to learn more about specific programs and events going on.


John Dickinson Plantation
10/14 18th Century Trades Day: Explore 18th century trades from 11:00a.m. to 3:00p.m. Visit the John Dickinson Plantation's Facebook page to learn more about specific programs and events going on.
10/27 Lantern tour of the Plantation: Enjoy a wagon ride of the property before exploring the Mansion at night during a special evening tour. Visit the John Dickinson Plantation's Facebook page to learn more about specific programs and events going on.


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: October 12, 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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