LUMS POND - TRAIL CLOSURES DURING SHOTGUN HUNTING SEASONS
All trails outside of the main day use areas will be closed during the shotgun deer hunting seasons which are during the following dates: Novemver 14th until November 22nd 2014, December 13th until December 20th 2014, and January 17th until January 24th 2015. Sundays will be the exception to this closure. Also, trails withing the main day use areas (areas 1 through 5 withing the main day use areas) including the mile loop trail in area 4 will remain open since they are not within the hunting araeas.
18th Century Market Fair is Rain or Shine at First State Heritage Park
18th Century Market Fair is still on! It is a Rain or Shine Event - Most entertainments and tradespeople scheduled to be outdoors on The Green will move inside to the Old State House and Century Club. All activities located indoors will continue as scheduled. The specific locations are marked on our program found at www.destateparks.com/marketfair. Be sure to dress for the weather - we will see you soon!
First State Heritage Park Announces 18th Century Market Fair Photo Contest Winners
Congratulations to the First State Heritage Park 18th Century Market Fair Photo Contest winners! Both winners will receive a 2014 Delaware State Park Annual Pass and may be featured in promotion of the 2014 First State Heritage Park 18th Century Market Fair. The winning photographs can be viewed in the 18th Century Market Fair Photo Contest Gallery: http://flic.kr/y/C6gQGD
First State Heritage Park reschedules First Saturday programs for January 18
The First Saturday following programs cancelled due to the weather have been rescheduled for Saturday, January 18: Allies for Justice, 12 and 3 at the John Bell House; A Dream Deferred, 1 p.m. at the Old State House; Guided Tours of an Illegal Activity: the Underground Railroad in Delaware, 10, 12 and 3 at the First State Heritage Park Welcome Center; Protest Music from 9 - 4:30 at the Johnson Victrola Museum; Painting Snow with Marshmallows from 10 - 3 at the Biggs Museum. Please visit http://www.destateparks.com/park/first-state-heritage/programs/index.asp for more information.
First Saturday at First State Heritage Park cancelled
Due to recent weather, all First Saturday events at First State Heritage Park have been cancelled. All sites are closed: First State Heritage Park Welcome Center & Galleries, The Old State House, Johnson Victrola Museum, Legislative Hall, Delaware Public Archives, Woodburn & Hall House, John Bell House, and the Biggs Museum of American Art. All programs are cancelled for January 4, 2014. Please check back soon for information about rescheduling.
Trap Pond State Park: Saturday August 9th Pontoon Tours
Saturday August 9th, Pontoon Tours:
The 10:00am and 2:00pm Pontoon Tours are Cancelled for Saturday.
In their place, we will be running a 9:00am Pontoon Tour (meet at the boathouse) and a 6:00 pm Wagon Ride (sign up at the campstore by 5pm).
First State Heritage Park Features Holiday Open House at Woodburn
On Saturday, December 7, "First Saturdays in the First State" will include the annual Holiday Open House at Woodburn, the Governor's House. Governor Jack Markell and First Lady Carla Markell will greet visitors from 10 a.m. to 12 noon. Guided tours of Woodburn and Hall House will be offereed from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Admission is free.
White Clay Creek State Park Shotgun Hunting Season
Dates for Shotgun Hunting Season: November 14, 2014 - November 22, 2014, December 18, 19, 20, January 17, 2015 - January 24, 2015. CERTAIN TRAILS WILL BE CLOSED ON THESE DATES. TRAIL HEADS WILL BE POSTED "TRAILS CLOSED ACTIVE HUNTING AREA". HOWEVER ALL TRAILS WILL BE OPEN ON SUNDAYS.
White Clay Creek State Park Archery Hunting Season
Dates for Archery Hunting Season: October 13, 2014 - November 13, 2014. Extended Season for Judge Morris only: Oct. 13 - Nov. 22, Dec. 18, 19, 20, Jan. 17, 2015 - Jan. 24, 2015. TRAILS WILL BE OPEN AND TRAIL HEADS WILL BE POSTED "WARNING ACTIVE HUNTING AREA".
Military Heritage Day at Fort Dupont State Park / Gov. Bacon Center
Join the Delaware Military Heritage and Education Foundation as they celebrate Military Heritage Day on Saturday October 12, from 10am to 4pm. Included in the events are tours by Bonnie Bonner Rorabaugh, who grew up at historic Fort DuPont from 1928 to 1941. Reenactment groups, history presentations and much more. Free admission! go to demilitaryheritage.org for more info.
First State Heritage Park Lantern Tour of The Green
There is still time for you to reserve your lantern for our tour of The Green tonight at 8 p.m. You can hear true tales of tragedy and infamy on FRIDAY the 13th! Call 302.739.9194 now to make reservations!
Delaware Seashore State Park campground will close for the season October 15, 2013
Due to the new park enhancements and pending campground construction, the Delaware Seashore State Park campground will close Tuesday, October 15, 2013 and campground reservations for the 2014 season will be temporarily unavailable until late spring. The campground is scheduled to re-open late May 2014. In addition to increased parking at the south inlet day area and other exciting features, 94 Family Sites with no hookups and 6 additional full-hookup sites will return to the south side of the Indian River Inlet. (80 Family sites with water, electric & sewer and other park improvements will also be built on north side Indian River Inlet during late summer 2014.) For more information, contact the Delaware Seashore Park office at (302) 227-2800
First State Heritage Park Launches Tours of Historic Kent County Courtroom
Beginning July 6, First Saturday programming will include free tours of Courtroom 1, the recently restored historic courtroom in the original 19th century section of the Kent County Courthouse on The Green in Dover. Tours begin at the John Bell House starting 1:30 p.m. Last tour leaves at 4 p.m.
White Clay Creek State Park
Smith Mill Road in the Possum Hill Section of the park will be closed Friday, June 14 for road work. Thank you.
First State Heritage Park partners offers FREE lantern tours to military families
Blue Star Museums is a partnership among Blue Star Families, the National Endowment for the Arts, and more than 1500 museums in all 50 states to offer free admission to military personnel and their families from Memorial Day through Labor Day. The First State Heritage Park is proud to offer FREE lantern tours to military families. Call 302-739-9194 for more information