"A Quiet American Gem" Fort Delaware State Park by KiKitC

Fort Delaware State Park Travel Guide: 11 reviews and 29 photos

American Civil War History

In 1817, Fort Delaware on Pea Patch Island was orignally built for protection of the ports of Wilmington and Philadelphia, but soon became a feared prison for Confederate Soldiers during the Civil War.

Today, Fort Delaware State Park is a fabulous day trip into American History. The amazing pentagonal-shaped stone fort has been restored and houses a museum and living history exhibits...see tips.

The island itself is a bird sanctuary as well, and can be a birdwatcher's dream...

Volunteers at the park, dressed in period garb, reenact life at the fort in 1864. Each "character" is based on a real person who was housed or prisoned here. Artillery and 19th century lifestyle demonstrations are conducted throughout the day. Vistors can walk through the fort, including the officers quarters, mess hall, kitchens and cannon turrets.

Don't go away...there's MORE!

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  • In a nutshell:A fantastic exhibit of Civil War History
  • Last visit to Fort Delaware State Park: Jun 2009
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • BruceDunning's Profile Photo
    Mar 11, 2010 at 2:00 PM

    Wow-this is really the kind of place I take interest in to see. You did such a great job of describing the area and its sites.

  • Basaic's Profile Photo
    Mar 3, 2010 at 4:11 PM

    Great page! It is interesting to see the other side of Andersonville.

  • MD2nd's Profile Photo
    Feb 13, 2010 at 12:56 AM

    Great page! Very interesting with historical information. Thank you.

  • balhannah's Profile Photo
    Dec 29, 2009 at 9:35 PM

    An interesting page! Fort Delaware looks colossal!

  • sourbugger's Profile Photo
    Jul 18, 2009 at 7:50 AM

    very interesting page

  • Kuznetsov_Sergey's Profile Photo
    Jul 15, 2009 at 4:44 AM

    You really had a fabulous trip into American History! Thank you Christine for having told us about it and having showed on VT this very interesting place!

  • Yaqui's Profile Photo
    Jul 2, 2009 at 3:49 PM

    Another wonderful historical gem Christine! These places are so important and your tips and photos are so informative. Nice page!


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