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Dig deeper into our country's past at Fort Christina

The Kalmar Nyckel Foundation
Green leaves cover the stone path leading to the Monument at the end of Fort Christina.

Fort Christina in Wilmington offers an opportunity to dig deep into the nation’s history right here in the First State.


Fort Christina marks the approximate location where a group of Swedish and Finnish colonists from the ships Kalmar Nyckel and Fogel Grip landed on a natural wharf of “blue rocks” in 1638.
And at the Fort they built, those colonists established the first Swedish settlement in America and the first permanent European settlement in Delaware.
Kalmar Nyckel Foundation executive director Cathy Parsells says visitors can get a full story when they land at the Fort today.

“When you come, we have interpretive guides who will give you a tour of the Park and talk to you about its history,” said Parsells.


Parcells says the site is gaining recognition for its significance.

“The first thing to remember is that Fort Christina is one of the sites in the new Delaware First State National Historical Park. And so, if you want to see our new National Park, this is one of the destinations to visit,” Parsells said.


Fort Christina is open on Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sundays from 12 to 4 p.m until September 3rd. It is closed on July 4.  Admission is free to all visitors.

You can get more information about Fort Christina here. Additional information can also be found here


Kelli Steele has over 30 years of experience covering news in Delaware, Baltimore, Winchester, Virginia, Phoenix, Arizona and San Diego, California.