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 cool and crisp, the leaves are falling and you can enjoy the fall foliage at the different sites. 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!


09/03-10/03 2018 Photo Contest: We invite YOU to submit photos for the first inaugural park wide photo contest, the theme for this contest is “Finding Your Park at First State NHP!” Visit the event page for additional information including rules, regulations, and how to get started!

09/19 Public Hike: Meet at First State National Historical Park, Smith Bridge Parking Lot by 9:00 a.m. for an 11-13 mile hike. Expect rolling woods and meadows. Lunch will be taken at Brandywine Creek State Park's headquarters before the return hike to the cars. Visit the WTC website for more information about the hike, and how to prepare.

09/26 Public Hike: Meet at the Brandywine Creek State Park headquarters by 9:00 a.m. for an 8-10 mile hike. Visit the WTC website for more information about the hike, and how to prepare.

09/22 Fall Stream Stewards Clean-up: Help celebrate River Days as part of the Alliance for Watershed Education, by joining us for the Stream Stewards Fall Watershed Clean-up in the Beaver Valley Unit of First State National Historical Park. This is a FREE event but please make sure to register so we know how many people to expect.
For Christina is now closed until Memorial Day 2019. However, tours for large groups may still be available upon request. Please call the park to learn how you can schedule a tour for your group.
10/27 Time Travelers at Old Swedes: Bring your little ghosts, goblins, and superheroes, to Old Swedes Church on October 27th, 11:00am-3:00pm for fun FREE afternoon! Trick-or-treaters will participate in junior ranger activities and travel back in back in time on a tour around Old Swedes cemetery. Visit our event Facebook event page for additional information.
Tours now available Tuesday - Saturday 10:00AM until 4:30PM and Sunday 1:30PM until 4:30PM

09/19 “Bombs, Blitz and Rations: Living in War Torn London During WWII”: Presentation features personal memories of World War II by New Castle resident Jean Norvell who grew up in war-torn London. For additional information please call the New Castle Court House Museum (302) 323-4453.

09/19 From the Duke of York to William Penn: Travel back in time with New Castle resident and historian Jim Meek during his popular 7-part lecture series at The Arsenal. Visit the New Castle Historical Society's Facebook event page for additional information.


09/26 Wars - French & Indian, Revolutionary, and 1812: Travel back in time with New Castle resident and historian Jim Meek during his popular 7-part lecture series at The Arsenal. Visit the New Castle Historical Society's Facebook event page for additional information.


10/03 The 1800s: Travel back in time with New Castle resident and historian Jim Meek during his popular 7-part lecture series at The Arsenal. Visit the New Castle Historical Society's Facebook event page for additional information.

10/06 6th Annual River Towns & Fall Festival: The City of New Castle and Delaware City will once again join their cities for an exciting 6th Annual River Towns Fall Festival. This FREE family fun oriented event offers recreational cycling distance trials for medals, children's games and pumpkin decorating, face painting, hay wagon ride, live music, and so much more! Visit the event page for additional information on things to do, times, food, etc.

10/10 New Castle People to 1850: Travel back in time with New Castle resident and historian Jim Meek during his popular 7-part lecture series at The Arsenal. Visit the New Castle Historical Society's Facebook event page for additional information.

10/17 Civil War and a Virtual Tour of 3rd & Delaware: Travel back in time with New Castle resident and historian Jim Meek during his popular 7-part lecture series at The Arsenal. Visit the New Castle Historical Society's Facebook event page for additional information.
09/14 Shakespeare in the Park: Performed under the stars on The Green, As You Like It will transport audiences into the heart of one of Shakespeare's most beloved comedies. Visit the First State Heritage Park's Facebook page for additional information.

09/15 “The First People of the First State: ‘Deciphering American Indian DNA' ’': Program explores the implications of DNA testing from a Native American perspective. Visit the Delaware Division of Historical and Cultural Affair's website for additional information.

09/21“The First People of the First State: ‘Native American Arts’ ”: Join the Lenapé tribe as they demonstrate drumming and dancing, and share the art of bead working. Visit the Delaware Division of Historical and Cultural Affair's website for additional information.

09/22 “The First People of the First State: ‘American Indian Women Today’ ”: American Indian women, including author Kay information of the Oxendine-Haliwa Tribe, will speak about traditional roles and how those roles have become pertinent in today’s society. Visit the Delaware Division of Historical and Cultural Affair's website for additional information.


09/25 “The First People of the First State: ‘Bloomsbury and the Survival of the Lenapé People’ ”: Join archeologist and ethnographer Dr. Cara Blume as she examines the significance of the Bloomsbury archaeological site which gave proof of identity and the continued existence of the Lenapé people in Delaware.Visit the Delaware Division of Historical and Cultural Affair's website for additional information.

09/28 Lantern Tour of The Dover Green: Join the guides in historic clothing for a tour of Dover's historic Green by lantern light. Hear true tales of tragedy and infamy. Visit the First State Heritage Park's Facebook page for additional information.

09/29 “The First People of the First State: ‘Growing Up Lenapé in Delaware: Lenapé Women Speak’ ”: Tribal citizens speak about their experiences with American Indian identity before and after desegregation. Visit the Delaware Division of Historical and Cultural Affair's website for additional informaiton.

10/03 18th Century Market Fair: Leave the 21st century behind at the First State Heritage Park 18th Century Market Fair which recreates the sights and sounds of the autumn market fairs held on The Green in Dover in the mid-1700s. Visit the First State Heritage Park's Facebook page for additional information.

10/06 Discover a Delaware Hero: Step back in time to experience the life of the patriot who gave his life to the service of his beloved Delaware. Space is limited and pre-registration is recommended by calling 302-739-9194. Visit the First State Heritage Park's Facebook page for additional information.

Every Saturday Thistledown Fiber Arts Guide: Join the Thistledown Fiber Arts Guild on the second Saturday of every month to learn about all types of fiber arts. For more information visit the John Dickinson Plantation's Facebook page.

09/22 National Estuaries Day Campfire Program: Presented in partnership with the St. Jones Reserve. John Dickinson Plantation, 340 Kitts Hummock Road, Dover. 6–8 p.m. Admission free but reservations required by calling the St. Jones Reserve at 302-739-6377.
09/09 15th Annual Cannonball 5K Run & information Elliott Memorial Walk: The race is designed to be a tour of historic additional – the course includes breathtaking scenery along Discovering Road, and views of the Great Marsh, additional Square, Second Street, and the Ryves & Trenny Canal. A description of the historic sites along the race route is included in your registration papers. Online pre-registration is available via Seashore Striders and "Day of" registration begins at 7:30am on the race day.

09/14 “20th Annual Lewes Tent Show—‘All Aboard: Delaware and the Railroad”: Activities begin at 3:30 p.m., culminating at 7:15 p.m. when Kim Pilottown of the American Historical Theatre portrays a Harvey Girl. Visit the event page for Shipcarpenter Lewes.

09/15 “20th Annual Rehoboth Tent Show—‘All Aboard: Delaware and the Railroad”: Activities begin at 1 p.m., culminating at 7:15 p.m. when Chautauqua Hartley of the American Historical Theatre portrays Joshua Lionel Hanley, the founder of the Lionel Corporation which manufactured toy trains. Visit the event page for additional information.

Last updated: September 13, 2018

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Mailing Address:

New Castle Court House Museum
Attn: First State NHP
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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