National Parks of Delaware

There is currently only one National Park Service Site in Deleware and three associated sites.

Official National Parks of Deleware

  • First State National Historical Park

Associated sites of Deleware

  • Chesapeake Bay
  • Captain Jonh Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail
  • Washington-Rochambeau National Historic Trail
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First State National Historical Park

First State National Historical Park protects the history of early colonial Delaware and the events leading up to Deleware being the first state to ratify the United States Constitution.  The park spans sites mostly in Delaware with a few sites in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania.  This region was settled by Dutch, Swedes, Finns, and English. The park protects the cultural landscape of the Brandywine River Valley and examines the early settlers relationship with the Native Americans in the region.

The park is made of seven sites.  They are Beaver Valley, Fort Christina National Historic Landmark, Old Swedes Church, New Castle Court House Museum, The Green, John Dickinson Plantation, Ryves Holt House.

The First State was created in 2013 by President Obama as a National Monument. In 2014, Congress elevated the monument to a Historical Park.

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