Delaware’s First National Park


Stop holding your breath, Delaware—the First State could finally get a national park. As the only state without a National Park Service unit within its borders (even puny Rhode Island has Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor), the state’s congressional delegation hopes to introduce legislation today establishing a new national park.

But before you get excited about discovering a previously unheralded Mid-Atlantic mountain range or stretch of desolate beach, calm down: it’s a history-themed park (collective sigh). The park would be based out of New Castle and have several satellite locations devoted to both European settlement and Delaware’s place as the first state to ratify the Constitution.



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3 Responses to Delaware’s First National Park

  1. Eric October 21, 2009 at 3:36 pm #

    The Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor ran through the town I grew up in/ taught high school in – Uxbridge, MA. It runs from central Rhode Island up to a bit south Worcester, MA. It’s a very pretty area, but more of a historic site than a multi-use national park. If you like mills and canals, it’s your kind of place.

  2. N Bolton October 21, 2009 at 4:35 pm #

    Dela-where? (Sorry I couldn’t help myself)

  3. Alex Rencontre October 23, 2009 at 2:30 am #

    looks interesting. When does it open?

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