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Fort Delaware State Park

45 Clinton Street, Delaware City, DE 19706, USA

Fort Delaware was originally constructed as a mid-19th century coastal defense site. In 1862, the War Department determined that it would be an ideal site for Confederate prisoners. During the course of the war 33,000 Confederates, political prisoners, and Federal convicts were imprisoned at the fort. Over 2,400 died while in prison. The fort is located on Pea Patch Island in the Delaware River; visitors travel to the island aboard the Delafort, a ferryboat. The island is the site of one of the largest heronries in the East.


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From I-95 take State Route 1; exit near Christiana Mall. Travel south on Route 1 to exit 152/ Route 72. Turn left onto Route 72 east; proceed past Star Refinery and follow signs on Route 9 to Deleware City. Turn left at traffic light on Clinton Street and travel about 6 blocks. Look for State Park office and boat dock on the right. Fort Delaware State Park is located on Pea Patch Island and can only be reached by ferry.

Visitor Services

Public rest rooms, information, limited handicapped access, food, gift shop, museum, educational programs for groups, nature preserve, trails.

Regular Events

June-August: POW weekends, hands-on blacksmithing program

Available Interpretation

Living history site featuring costumed 1st-person interpreters, live demonstrations, tours, hands-on programs, signs, dioramas, trails.

Plan Your Visit

Admission Fee

Ferry Rates: adults $11.00, children (2-12) $6.00, seniors (62+) and active military $10.00. Group rates available.


Park Hours: Wednesday - Sunday sunrise to sunset, Office Hours: Monday - Friday 8:00AM - 4:00PM



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