In last week’s post I wrote briefly that Delaware has a National Park, finally! Delaware was the only state that did not have a national park, until now. Check out the photos below.
Thanks to a few good men, particularly Delaware’s US Senator Tom Carper, the First State National Historical Park Act of 2011 was proposed followed by the bill being approved in the Senate committee on March 14, 2013. This led to the presidential proclamation on March 25 creating the National Monument which in November 2014 is now First State National Historical Park. formerly known as First State National Monument.
Instead of me going into the history of this process I will let the experts tell you – here is a link to the Wikipedia page that is up to date on this historic event here in Delaware.
What I would like to do though is show you a map of the First State National Park which includes a collection of pictures and brief description of where these sites are and their significant to our history.
Places & Photos – First State National Historic Park
Dover Green in Dover, DE.
New Castle Court House Museum in New Castle County, Old New Castle, DE.
New Castle Green in New Castle County, Old New Castle, DE.
Sheriff’s House, in New Castle County, Old New Castle, DE.
Additional sites authorized to be included within the park but not yet finalized (as of this writing)
Fort Christina in Wilmington, DE.
Holy Trinity Church (Old Swedes) in Wilmington, DE.
John Dickinson Plantation in Dover, DE.
Ryves Holt House in Lewes, DE.
References and pictures obtained from Wikipedia.com. Click through for more information on each site.
Here’s what it looks like in Beaver Valley and did you know Delaware’s only cave in located within this National Park? You can find out more about Delaware’s only cave by clicking here.
But wait, if you’re a true history buff check out the Delaware Tourism site for a History trail adventure which includes the popular sites but also unique, lesser known historical sites in all 3 counties. Click here – Delaware History Trail – for more details and download your Delaware History Trial Passport, complete it (all the information is on the site) and send it in. This qualifys you to receive a limited-edition book entitled, “Landmarks and Legacies.” This cocktail style book is a compilation of breathtaking photography by Kevin Fleming, engaging content written by Pam George describing the significance of Delaware history.
This post was inspired by Forefather’s Day celebrated on December 22, in remembrance of the landing of our Pilgrim Fathers in Plymouth, Massachusetts, on December 21, 1620.
Be sure to check out the Delaware History Trail