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Fort Delaware State Park, DE


Walkup tickets only (no advance purchase) available, if less than 24 hours before your visit. Tickets can be purchased on a first come first served basis at the ticket office located at 45 Clinton Street, Delaware City, DE. Call (302) 834-7941 for availability.


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.

Important Information:

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.

Rates: Please be advised, rates may vary for DE Residents vs. Non-Residents.

Getting There:

Fort Delaware State Park is located on Pea Patch Island. To reach the island, you must take a ferry from 45 Clinton St., Delaware City, Delaware 19706.

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Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

P.O. BOX 170

Phone Number:

Information:  1-302-834-7941