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Connect with History & Nature at Delaware’s National Parks
Historic trails, waterways, and landmarks give Delaware’s national parks a distinct depth of character. All of the National Park Service sites in the state are historical in nature, including 13 National Landmarks. Find plenty to explore at the First State National Historical Park, which is spread across Delaware in seven different locations. Discover well-preserved, colonial-era buildings including one of the oldest churches, one of the oldest courthouses, and one of the oldest houses in America.
Follow in the footsteps of Revolutionary soldiers on the Washington-Rochambeau National Historic Trail. Running across northern Delaware on its 600-mile path from Pennsylvania to Boston, this route was used by the Continental Army on the road to American independence. Five times longer and almost 200 years earlier, the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail marks some of the first waterway explorations of the New World by Europeans. It ventures into southern Delaware along the Nanticoke River. Water trails, parks, and refuges in the Chesapeake Bay Gateways & Watertrails Network cover seven different states, including Delaware.
First State National Historic Park
Encompassing seven different sites, the First State National Historic Park celebrates Delaware’s colonial heritage. This “park without boundaries” shines a light on the diverse cultural groups that settled the Delaware Valley: the English, Finns, Swedes, Dutch, and Native Americans.
Stand on Dover Green and imagine the Declaration of Independence being read to the citizens here in 1776. Ryves Holt House, the oldest house in the state, was built in 1665. Visit the home of a founding father at John Dickinson Plantation, and tour a reconstructed Swedish log cabin at Fort Christine. New Castle Courthouse is one of the oldest courthouses in the country, and Old Swedes’ Church is one of the oldest churches. Stroll forested trails alongside the Brandywine Creek in Beaver Valley.