Where is Fort Delaware State Park?
Fort Delaware, the union stronghold of 1859, once housed Confederate prisoners of war. It was originally built to protect the ports of Wilmington and Philadelphia.
Visitors take a ferry from Delaware to Pea Patch Island. A jitney provides transportation from the island dock to the granite and brick fort. Here they bring costumed interpreters back to the summer of 1864. Fill your day with practical history. Help the blacksmith work out new parts for a cannon or work with The Laundress. Be ready when the 8-inch Columbiad gun fires a gunpowder charge!
See a replica of Pea Patch Island as it appeared in 1864, and artifacts from the island’s past. Make a day of it – there is a food stand on the island. And if you want, you can bring a picnic that you can enjoy in our picnic area-tables and BBQ facilities are available.
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