CHAPTER 3

FORT CHRISTINA STATE PARK

AN ACT NAMING AND DESIGNATING THE PARK CREATED AT "THE ROCKS" ON THE CHRISTINA RIVER IN THE CITY OF WILMINGTON AS "FORT CHRISTINA STATE PARK" IN ORDER TO MARK PERPETUALLY THE FIRST SETTLEMENT OF THE COLONY OF NEW SWEDEN.

WHEREAS, by an act of the General Assembly, Chapter 235 of Volume 41, Laws of Delaware, approved April 28, 1937, the State Highway Department was authorized and directed to acquire land at "The Rocks" on the Christina River in the City of Wilmington for the purpose of creating there a State Park to mark perpetually the place where the first Swedish settlers landed and the site of Fort Christina, the first permanent settlement in the State of Delaware as well as the first permanent settlement in the entire Delaware River Valley, and

WHEREAS, in said act no name was given to the proposed park, and

WHEREAS, said park was completed in the year, 1938, and a monument therein, modelled by the sculptor, Carl Milles, and presented to the people of America by the people of Sweden, was dedicated on June 27, 1938, in the presence of the President of the United States, the Crown Princess Louise and Prince Bertil of the Kingdom of Sweden, the Foreign Minister of the Republic of Finland, the Governor of the State of Delaware, and many other distinguished guests, therefore

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the State of Delaware in General Assembly met:

Section 1. That on and after the passage and approval of this Act, the land acquired at "The Rocks" on the Christina River in the City of Wilmington, for the purpose of creating there a State Park to mark perpetually the place where the first Swedish settlers landed and the site of Fort Christina, the first permanent settlement in the State of Delaware as well as the first permanent settlement in the Delaware River Valley, thereafter be known and designated as "Fort Christina State Park."

Approved April 24, 1939.