New Castle Court House

Historic New Castle served as the colonial capital of Delaware until 1777 and provides valuable stories of our country's earliest settlers and founding fathers. This is the location where William Penn first landed in the New World in October 1682 and where four signers of the Declaration of Independence –George Read, Thomas McKean, George Ross, and Francis Hopkinson once lived.

The New Castle Courthouse was built in 1732 and served as the meeting place for the state's colonial assembly from 1732-1777. It is here where the Delaware Assembly voted on June 15, 1776 to separate from England and from Pennsylvania, creating the "State of Delaware." The Green was first laid out by the Dutch as a public square and has since served as a place for public forums and town activities. The Sheriff's House is located adjacent to the Courthouse and the Green, and is all that remains of Delaware's first prison system.


 
The front and right side of the New Castle Court House are shown on a bright sunny day.
The front and right side of the New Castle Court House are shown on a bright sunny day.
 

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Things To Do

Today, visitors can take a tour of the Court House and other Historic Houses located around The Green, enjoy a nice picnic on The Green, and attend special events such as Separation Day, A Day In Old New Castle and the “Spirit of Christmas”.

Visitors can also stop by the towns Visitor Center located at the The Arsenal to watch a short video about the towns history and find more information on tours available around the town. 


Hours of Operation

  • Tuesday through Saturday:
    10:00a.m.- 4:30p.m.
  • Sunday:
    1:30p.m.- 4:30p.m.
  • Special Closures:
    Delaware State Holidays

Location

211 Delaware Street, New Castle DE, 19720

Contact Information

This site is interpreted by our partners at the Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs. For questions regarding tours, special programs, or hours please visit their website or call them at (302) 323-4453.

Last updated: April 25, 2018

Contact the Park

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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