Places To Go

First State National Historical Park consists of six individual sites that are spread throughout the state of Delaware. Together these sites tell First State National Historical Park's story and can be visited in any order. Currently, the park does not have one, central visitor center. However, each site has some type of welcome center where you will receive information about the site and available tours. Click on one of the sites below to learn more about

  • The Brandywine Creek flowing on a sunny day with green vegitation on either side.
    Brandywine Creek
    Brandywine Valley

    Hike along more than 20 miles of trails, take in the wildlife, or stop for a picnic along the Brandywine River.

  • Trees outline the monument at Fort Christina next the the Christina River.
    Fort Christina

    See where the Swedes originally landed and established their colony!

  • Light shines through a church door that is cracked open.
    Old Swedes Historic Site

    Discover Swedish traditions and remember the lives of those buried here such as Florence Bayard Hilles.

  • A view of the English style Court Room inside the New Castle Court House Museum.
    New Castle Court House Museum

    Step into the room where Thomas Garret's trial took place and learn about the incredible history that has occurred in this town!

  • A view looking up from the grass towards a colonial building and large trees.
    The Dover Green

    See where Delaware became the "First State" and step where women gathered to rally for and against the 19th Amendment!

  • Smoke and fall leaves line the photo of the smokehouse on the plantation.
    John Dickinson Plantation

    Discover the unknown stories about the John Dickinson Plantation and the role John Dickinson played in founding this nation!


Last updated: September 25, 2023

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First State National Historical Park
10 Market Street

New Castle, DE 19720


To speak to a park ranger, call the park Welcome Center (302-317-3854) and someone will return your call as soon as possible. For a more immediate response, please email the park at

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