When the fort was turned over to the state in 1947, much of the fort was vandalized. Piles of plaster had fallen from the ceilings. The Officer's Building has been remarkably restored and furnished...even with some of the original pieces!In the officer's building, you will see how the "upper class" of the fort lived. Many of the officers brought...more
A lot of restoration has been done to room within the fort that housed and served the enlisted men. You can visit the kitchen and mess hall, as it would have been in 1864. The flags around the mess hall properly display 35 stars...the number of states in the Union at the time of the Civil War.The ordance room, where all weapons are stored or...more
55 wooden barracks were built on the parade grounds to house over 10,000 Conferate Prisoners of War. All of the original barracks have gone with time, but the Fort Delaware Society has had one rebuilt using the same plans as the originals. Visitors can enter the barracks and see the cramped quarters and loosely constructed wooden panels. 212 men...more
Good for a cookie or chips, not much else here. Soda machine and picnic tables, but the tables were really dirty.
Favorite Dish: This is the view from the roof of the Fort, which is largely covered with grass.
Only the brave should attend this haunted tour given at night, it is $12.00 per person, and has the potential to be "vewy scawy mr. wabbit".
Dress Code: Come as you are, or in period garb if you dare!
The State of Delaware acquired the fort in 1947 and opened Fort Delaware State Park. Access to the island is by ferry only, leaving from Delaware City in Delaware or Fort Mott in New Jersey. The only fee to visit this historic park is the cost of the ferry ride ($11 adults, $6 children). The ferry landing on the Delaware City side sits by the...more
Every day is a depiction of a day in 1864, at the heart of the fort's history. Every character here is based on historical documentation and personl journals. The reenactors know the background of each soldier or POW and brings that person back to life for you.You will meet Julia Gunning, a laundress who can teach you how to use a scrub board for...more
You can pack your lunch in, just pack your trash out. You have to take the trash with you to keep the prices down for the fort! There are picnic tables all over the island. You can buy cold drinks here, and bottled water was only $1.25. You can easily see this is a lovely spot to picnic!more