Fort Christina

  • Fort Christina Park
  • Wilmington, DE 19801

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It was here, along the banks of the Christina River over 375 years ago, that the first Swedish and Finnish American settlers aboard the Kalmar Nyckel and the Fogel Grip landed and settled the first American Swedish colony, New Sweden. Fort Christina was quickly built and named for the Queen of Sweden at the time. The wharf of rocks that was the site of the first landing remains, however, some believe archaeological digs at the site could uncover much more. Today Fort Christina is part of the state-wide First State National Historic Park. The Park is open from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM Tuesdays through Saturdays and admission is free from May 28th through September 5th. Special Dates:Open Memorial Day (May 30), July 4th, and Labor Day (September 5)