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Fort Delaware State Park

 
45 Clinton St. Delaware City, DE 19706
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This Union fortress, dating back to 1859, once housed Confederate prisoners of war. Visitors take a half-mile ferry ride from Delaware City to Pea Patch Island. Here, costumed reenactors take you back to the summer of 1864. Fill your day with hands-on history and see the 8-inch Columbiad gun fire a live gunpowder charge. Bring a picnic lunch to enjoy - tables and grills are provided, or stop at the food concession. Don’t miss the popular Paranormal Tours each fall. Pea Patch Island also provides an outstanding habitat for one of the largest wading bird nesting areas on the East Coast.

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From the Civil War to the Cold War, Delaware has provided defense for our nation's coast. Fort Delaware and Fort Miles protected the Delaware Bay and River from our nation’s enemies, and this weekend road trip allows you to discover these historic monumental gems. DAY ONE: Located on an island in the Delaware River stands Fort Delaware State Park, a Civil War-era prison. This prison contains weaponries that protected the river from enemy ships; today Fort Delaware is a piece of award-winning living history. Begin your day with a ferry trip from Delaware City to the island. Costumed re-enactors and artillery demonstrations will transport you back to 1864 to see fort and barracks that were once home to more than 20,000 prisoners, soldiers and civilians. DAY TWO: Head south to Cape Henlopen State Park in Lewes and find a coastal defense site in Fort Miles. Concrete bunkers that once housed huge guns are now sites for tours led by costumed interpreters. Look across the water and imagine the German submarine that surrendered at Fort Miles during World War II. See the fire control towers that stand along the coast where soldiers helped aim the massive guns, and learn about the underground listening stations that monitored these waters through the Cold War. BONUS TIP: For an alternatively unique experience, head down Route 1 to the Indian River Life-Saving Station. Built in 1876 the station responded to shipwrecks along the coastlines of the United States. Today costumed re-enactors help share the stories of the brave surf men who worked at the Life-Saving Service. Next door, the gift shop sells unique nautical items and souvenirs.
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Chad E.
Aug. 8, 2017
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Unlike most forts, this one comes in multiple parts. You actually start at the welcome center, where you buy a ticket to visit the fort - in this case, it...
Leena S.
Sept. 13, 2016
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Fort Delaware is located on Pea Patch Island in Delaware. We boarded a ferry in Delaware City, which took about 5 minutes to transport us to the Island....
Steve H.
June 14, 2018
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$12, round trip, gets you a nice boat ride from either NJ or DE. The Fort is free, and impressive; you can just walk around on your own, or wait for the...
 
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