Fort Delaware is on Pea Patch Island, less than a mile from Delaware City, DE and Fort Mott, NJ. Access to the island is by ferry only. Private boats are not permitted to dock on the island.
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Civil War Living History
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 1/2 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 reenactors take you back to the summer of 1864.
Fill your day with hands-on history. Help the blacksmith hammer out new parts for a 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.
Bring a picnic lunch to enjoy in our picnic area - tables and grills are provided. Drink machines are available on the island, and chips and other packaged snacks may be purchased at our gift shops.
Pea Patch Island is a summer home to nine different species of herons, egrets, and ibis. The remote marshes provide an outstanding habitat for one of the largest wading bird nesting areas on the East Coast. A hiking trail and its observation platform provide opportunities for photography and nature study.
From river crossing to ramparts, Fort Delaware State Park promises an unforgettable experience each time you visit.
Travel on toFort Mott State Parkin New Jersey, and visit Finn's Point National Cemetery, the final resting-place for 2,400 Confederate prisoners who died at Fort Delaware.
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