Winter 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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Winter is an exciting time to be exploring your national parks - the air is cool and the snow is falling making everything sparkle in the winter sun. 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
12/27: Public hike with the Wilmington Trail Club at 9:00a.m. for a 10-13 mile long hike, which leaves from Smith Bridge Parking Lot. Visit the WT website for more information about the hike, and how to prepare.
01/06: Public hike with the Wilmington Trail Club at 9:00a.m. for a 15-17 mile long hike, which leaves from Marriot Hotel Parking Lot (320 Rocky Run Parkway) . Visit the WT website for more information about the hike, and how to prepare.
01/31: 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.

Fort Christina
Closed for the season.

Old Swedes Historic Site
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.

Historic New Castle
12/09 Spirit of Christmas: Explore Historic New Caslteby exploring historic houses, watching the Christmas Tree Lighting, walking through the Historic Market and much, much more. For more information visit the New Castle Historical Societies Facebook page.
12/14: Public hike with the Wilmington Trail Club at 10:00a.m. for a 4 mile long hike, which leaves from the New Castle Elementary School. Visit the WT website for more information about the hike, and how to prepare.

Kent County

The Green, Dover
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.
01/15 “Courage and Freedom”: In commemoration of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, guided tours will focus on three compelling stories of courageous Delawareans whose fight for freedom and equality began at The Old State House. Visit Delaware Division of Histoircal & Cultural Affairs blog to learn more about specific programs and events going on.

John Dickinson Plantation
12/02 Handmade for the Holidays: A seasonal drop-in program in which visitors will design a tile for the holidays. For more information visit the John Dickinson Plantation's Facebook page.
12/3 Friends of John Dickinson Mansion Gathering: The Friends of the John Dickinson Mansion will entertain guests with a holiday gathering in the John Dickinson Plantation’s historic mansion house. Visit the John Dickinson's Anniversary Website for more information.
01/13“Stories of African-American History From St. Jones Neck”: Workshop utilizes primary-source materials including manumission documents, bills of sales and family information to illustrate the lives of free and enslaved African-Americans who lived on the John Dickinson Plantation. The program will be from 10 a.m. until Noon. Visit the John Dickinson's Anniversary Website for more information.

Sussex County

Ryes Holt House
12/02 Christmas Tour of Lewes: Explore the historic homes in Lewes, and enjoy a fun array of activities, including a Christmas Antiques and Collectibles Sale, cookie sale, holiday greens sale, and open houses decorated in period holiday décor. For more information visit the Lewes Historical Societies Facebook page.
02/14 Histoirc Chocolate Demonstration & Antique Sale: Treat your taste buds to drinkable chocolate, better known to us today as hot chocolate, from 10:00am-4:00pm. For more information visit the Lewes Historical Societies Facebook page.

Last updated: December 28, 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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