Delaware City Ferry
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 half-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.
Make a day of it - there is no food concession stand on the island. Snacks and drinks may be purchased in the gift shop.And if you like, you can bring a picnic lunch to enjoy in our picnic area - tables and grills are provided.
2015 Tours are available
April 25 10:00 AM-6:00 PM
May 2, 9, 16, 23, 24, 25, 30, 31 - 10:00 AM-6:00 PM
June 6,7- 10:00 AM-6:00 PM
June 10, 11, 12, 17,18,19,24,25,26 - 10:00 AM-5:00 PM
June 13,14,20,21,27,28 - 10:00 AM-6:00 PM
July 1,2,8,9,10,15,16,17,22,23,24,29,30,31 -10:00 AM-5:00 PM
July 3, 4,5,11,12,18,19,25,26 - 10:00 AM-6:00 PM
August 5,6,7,12,13,14,19,20,21,26,27,28 - 10:00 AM-5:00 PM.
August 1,2,8,9,15,16,22,23,29,30- 10:00 AM-6:00 PM
September 2,3,4 - 10:00 AM-5:00 PM
September 5,6,7,19,20,26,27- 10:00 AM-6:00 PM
October 3 - 10:00 AM-5:00 PM
- Distance: 0.5 miles
- Accessible: Yes
Tickets are available on a first come first served basis without reservations.
Open-toed shoes and high heels are not recommended at Fort Delaware State Park. There is no food concession stand on the island. Snacks and drinks may be purchased in the gift shop.And if you like, you can bring a picnic lunch to enjoy in our picnic area - tables and grills are provided.