On 24 July 2021 Dawn, Sam, and Mike are going to Fort Delaware State Park. We are taking the 10:00 AM Ferry. We purchased our Ferry tickets online. It’s around a 2 hour drive. If anyone else goes, let us know.
- 11:00 AM – 3rd Regiment USCT Reenactors at Fort Delaware
- 11:15 AM – Pea Patch History Tour
- 12:15 PM – Heavy Artillery Demonstration
- 2:15 PM – Musketry Demonstration
Fort Delaware Today
Today, costumed interpreters take you back to the summer of 1864 — tour the parade ground, officers’ quarters, barracks, kitchen, blacksmith shop and ordnance room, hear stories of great escapes, and watch as the Fort’s Columbiad cannon fires a live gunpowder charge! Engage with fort historians dressed in period clothing, and hear stories of those who lived at the fort in 1864. Fort Delaware is well-known for “ghostly” activity and has been featured on Ghost Hunters and other television shows. Paranormal tours are offered in the fall.
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. The Prison Camp Trail traverses part of this area and features a bird observation tower along the trail.
Planning Your Visit
- Access to Pea Patch Island and Fort Delaware is by ferry only. The ticket office and ferry dock are located at 45 Clinton Street in Delaware City.
- Advance ferry tickets are available online. Click here to reserve your tickets.
- Same day tickets may be purchased on a first-come, first-served basis at our ticket office. Call (302) 834-7941 for availability.
- Visitors under the age of 16 must be accompanied by someone 18 or older during their visit to Fort Delaware.
- Leave pets and alcoholic beverages at home.
- Be sure to wear closed-toe shoes — the ground on the island is uneven in places, and you will also be asked to step onto wet biomats to prevent spreading of spores. White-Nose Syndrome, a fungal disease that does not affect humans but is deadly to bats. Bats are vitally important to our ecology; they help to control pests and are important pollinators. White-Nose Syndrome has been confirmed at Fort Delaware.
- Private boats including kayaks and canoes, are not permitted to dock on Pea Patch Island.
Source: Delaware State Parks