Experience the journey to Pea Patch Island, its history, and the remarkable stories of perseverance that surround Fort Delaware. Don’t miss these essential experiences at Fort Delaware State Park.
Experience Life During the Civil War
Travel back in time with a first-person interpreter dressed in period clothing and experience what life was like during the Civil War. Meet park staff members dressed as soldiers, commanders, the Fort blacksmith, and others who may have lived in the Fort during the war. Ask them questions to learn more about the 1800s and the war itself.
Climb the Ramparts and Watch the Columbiad Firing Program
Walk to the top of the Fort and watch the Columbiad Cannon fire! Hear park staff tell the story of the gun and how it was loaded and fired. Feel the percussion from the firing and smell the burnt black powder after the cannon fires.
Walk the Prison Camp Trail
The island where Fort Delaware is located is also home to the Pea Patch Island Nature Preserve. This nature preserve contains a heronry where herons, ibises, and egrets nest. Hike the Prison Camp Trail to see the heronry and climb the Heronry Overlook to see birds in the trees across the marsh.
Walk Around the Outside of the Fort
Take a walk around the exterior of the fort to see the structure’s unique design and construction from all angles. Not everyone takes the time to see the exterior, but it’s a worthwhile endeavor!