Fort Delaware State Park

Fort Delaware, an island fortress dating back to 1859, once housed Confederate prisoners during the Civil War, and is known for its hands-on historical experiences. Originally built in the Delaware River to protect the ports of Wilmington and Philadelphia, the fort is accessible via a ½-mile ferry ride from Delaware City to Pea Patch Island. Here, costumed interpreters take you back to the summer of 1864, encouraging visitors to live the experience: 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! Paranormal tours are offered in the fall and living history interpretation is offered year-round. Open April 30 - September 24, Wednesday - Sunday and Holidays. The ground floor of the fort is handicap accessible, but the upper floors are not. Please notify ticket office staff if assistance will be needed.


Delaware City, DE 19706

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