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The First State for History Lovers

Historic Sites Delaware

Legislative Hall

Known as the Initial State, Delaware was the first colony to ratify the U.S. Constitution – all the way back in 1787.

A major player in the American Revolution and Civil War, Delaware hosts some impressive historic sites.

New Castle

Delaware recently received its first site managed by the National Park Service. The free First State National Historical Park in New Castle offers the New Castle Court House Museum and the Dover Green Historic District.


History buffs are encouraged to visit Dover for the attractions of Capital Square. Also known as the First State Heritage Park, this area is home to both the Legislative Hall and the Old State House, plus museums, galleries, and a visitor center – all in downtown Dover.

Historic Sites Delaware

Old State House

Head to the First State Heritage Park Welcome Center & Galleries for some preliminary information, then check out the Air Mobility Command Museum, the Johnson Victrola Museum, and the Woodburn & Hall House.

Don’t leave Dover without a tour of the Old State House, First completed in 1791, the Old State House is the “first permanent capitol building in Dover.”

Set on the historic Green, this now-museum features free entry and parking, plus special events like Watercolor Wednesdays, Underground Railroad tours, and Independence Day celebrations.


Set in northern Delaware, the city of Wilmington – the largest city in the state – is home to the Delaware Historical Society.

Historic Sites Delaware


Begun in 1864, the Delaware Historical Society plays host to several historical sites, including Old Town Hall, the Delaware History Museum, and Willingtown Square.

A collection of historic structures, parts of Willingtown Square were constructed as early as 1748. Although the historic homes aren’t open to the public, they may be viewed from Market Street along a walking tour, and are exhibited at the Willingtown Square Gallery.

Rehoboth Beach

Other historic attractions include Delaware museums. Located on the Atlantic Coast in Rehoboth Beach, the Anna Hazzard Museum features Rehoboth Beach’s history dating back to the 1870s.

Free to the public, the museum is open Friday through Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. near Dewey Beach.


Best Western Hotels Along the Way:


Best Western Plus Newark/Christiana Inn

875 Pulaski Highway, Bear DE 19701-1252
Phone: +1 302-326-2500  |  Fax: (302) 326-1050  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »


Best Western Galaxy Inn

1700 E Lebanon Road, Dover DE 19901-5845
Phone: +1 302-735-4700  |  Fax: (302) 735-1604  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »


Best Western Smyrna Inn

190 Stadium Street, Smyrna DE 19977-2813
Phone: +1 302-659-3635  |  Fax: (302) 659-3638  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »

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