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Fort Delaware State Park


  • Pea Patch Island
  • P.O. Box 170
  • Delaware City, DE 19706
  • Phone: (302) 834-7941
  • Fax: (302) 836-2539
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Fort Delaware, the Union fortress dating back to 1859, once housed Confederate prisoners of war. It was originally built to protect the ports of Wilmington and Philadelphia. Visitors take a ½ -mile ferry ride from Delaware City to Pea Patch Island. A jitney provides transport from the island dock to the granite and brick fortress. Here, costumed interpreters take you back to the summer of 1864. Fill your day with hands-on history. Help the blacksmith hammer out new parts for cannon or work with the laundress. Be on hand when the 8-inch Columbiad gun fires a live gunpowder charge! See a replica of Pea Patch Island as it appeared in 1864 and artifacts from the Island's past.

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Catholics in the Civil War

  • Location: Fort Delaware State Park
  • Address: Pea Patch Island, Delaware City, DE 19706
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In honor of the Pope¹s visit to Philadelphia, come hear about how Catholics experienced the Civil War. Hear stories about Catholics at Fort… View Details

99 Kings Highway • Dover, DE 19901 • 1-866-284-7483
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