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 historic 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. 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, 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! See a replica of Pea Patch Island as it appeared in 1864 and artifacts from the island's past. Please call for hours of operation.

Open Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays


Delaware City, DE 19706

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