From First Settlement to First State

Famous as the First State to ratify the Constitution, Delaware was born out of a conflict among three world powers for dominance of the Delaware Valley. From this beginning, the region developed a distinct character that tolerated diversity in religion and national origin and valued independence.

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Park Orientation Film

Discover the historical significance of First State National Historical Park through our 15 minute orientation film.

NPS Passport Cancellation Station
NPS Passport Cancellation Stations

Plan your trip to collect all 12 stamps throughout the park.

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Plan Like A Park Ranger

10 tips to help you plan your visit to First State NHP.

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Events & Programs at First State NHP

Learn about the events & programs happening around the park ahead of your trip.

A mushroom grows on The Dover Green.
Places To Go

Explore the six units of First State.

Last updated: December 19, 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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