Fort Delaware State Park


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Fort Delaware State Park


Location:On Pea Patch Island in the Delaware River between DE and NJ, 20 miles south of Wilmington. Access is by ferry located on Clinton Street in Delaware City; Delaware City is on the north side of the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal off Rte 9.
Facilities:Civil War sites and exhibits, picnic area (é), nature trails, concession stand, restrooms (é), bird observation platform.
Activities:Interpretive programs, picnicking, birdwatching.
Special Features:Originally built in 1859 to protect the ports of Wilmington and Philadelphia, Fort Delaware served as a makeshift prison for 32,300 Confederate soldiers and Union deserters during the Civil War. Disease, malnutrition, and exposure killed more than 2,400 prisoners; many were buried across the river at what is now Finn's Point National Cemetery. (Fort Delaware closed in 2006 for historic preservation but is expected to reopen in the Spring of 2007.)
Address:PO Box 170
Delaware City, DE 19706

Phone:302-834-7941
Fax:302-836-2539
Web: www.destateparks.com/fdsp
Size: 288 acres.

See other parks in Delaware.
Parks Directory of the United States, 5th Edition. © 2007 by Omnigraphics, Inc.
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Laura Lee is the interpretive program manager and park historian at Fort Delaware State Park in Delaware City, Delaware.
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