First State National Historical Park

In last week’s post I wrote briefly that Delaware has a National Park, finally! Delaware was the last state to have one. Check out the photos below.

Now 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 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.

Site of Dover Green Historic Area in Dover Delaware

Dover Green in Kent County, Dover Delaware which is already an historical park. It was here that Delaware voted to ratify the U.S. Constitution.

New Castle Court House Museum in New Castle County, Old New Castle, DE.

One of the oldest court houses in the United States

Prior to the Revolution it served as the meeting house for the governments of the three counties comprising Delaware.
It is one of the oldest courthouses in the United States .

New Castle Green in New Castle County, Old New Castle, DE.

Scene of the New Castle Green

The New Castle Green refers to the area surrounding Old New Castle on Delaware Street, lined with many other old building such as the Old Library, Dutch House, The George Read II House and Garden .

Sheriff’s House, in New Castle County, Old New Castle, DE.

Sheriff House Old New Castle DE

This building will serve as the future Headquarters and Visitor Center.

Woodlawn Tract

Woodlawn Tract

Woodlawn Tract land borders the Brandywine Creek, leading into Chadds Ford area of Pennsylvania.

Additional sites authorized to be included within the park but not yet finalized (as of this writing)

Fort Christina in Wilmington, DE.

Picture of Fort Christina in Wilmington DE

The site was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1961. It is now preserved as Fort Christina State Park on E. 7th Street in Wilmington, along with a replica of the Kalmar Nyckel.

Holy Trinity Church (Old Swedes) in Wilmington, DE.

Holy Trinity Church in Wilmington DE.

Holy Trinity Church was built in 1698–99 and claims it is “the nation’s oldest church building still used for worship as originally built”.

John Dickinson Plantation in Dover, DE.

Picture of the John Dickinson Plantation House

The John Dickinson Plantation, a property owned by the State of Delaware and open to the public as a museum by the Delaware Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs. It was the boyhood home and sometime residence of the Founding Father and American revolutionary leader John Dickinson.

Ryves Holt House in Lewes, DE.

Ryves Holt House Lewes DE

This building, which has been dated to 1665 using dendrochronology, is one of the earliest houses in the state of Delaware. It is located at 218 Second Street in Lewes, Delaware.

References and pictures obtained from Wikipedia.com. Click through for more information on each site.

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

Tina 🙂