New Tram Path, Other Improvements to Greet Fort Delaware State Park Visitors This Season

 A Fort Delaware interpreter entertains visitors with his impression of Rev. Isaac Handy, who spent 15 months at the fort as a political prisoner. Fort Delaware visitors can experience its costumed living history program, which takes people back to 1864.

 

Visitors to Fort Delaware State Park now have a smoother ride along Pea Patch Island to the fort after the tram path was reconstructed in time for the park to kick off its 2022 season. The pathway improvement is the first project completed as part of the park’s largest capital investment by the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control’s Division of Parks and Recreation.

Once guests arrive to the island via the Delafort ferry, they are transported by a covered tram along the 2,000-foot path and enjoy views of the island’s salt marsh, one of the East Coast’s largest wading bird nesting areas, as they approach the historic fort.

Other projects in the capital investment, which began in September 2021, include more durable trails, a revamped and ADA-accessible heronry observation platform to view the island’s various species of herons, egrets and ibis, a screened pavilion and a new maintenance building.

Fort Delaware visitors can step back into the 1860s with tours from Civil War-period costumed interpreters Saturdays and Sundays through June 5, Wednesdays through Sundays from June 11 to Sept. 5, and Saturdays and Sundays from Sept. 10 to Sept. 25. The fort is also open on the Memorial Day, Independence Day and Labor Day holidays.

Starting June 15 through Sept. 4, programs will include artillery and musketry demonstrations, and interactive activities.

Carson Hudson, a history interpreter at Colonial Williamsburg and accomplished musician, will perform Saturday, June 25, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Fort Delaware Cornet Band Concert will perform popular pieces from the Civil War era Saturday, July 16, at noon.

Tickets are required to visit Fort Delaware State Park, which is only accessible to the public via ferry, and may be purchased in advance by credit card at https://destateparks.com/History/FortDelaware or by calling 877-987-2757. Tickets may also be purchased at 45 Clinton St., Delaware City.

In addition to improvements on Pea Patch Island, the park office that manages both Forts Delaware and DuPont recently moved to a newly remodeled Fort DuPont office complex at 2540 Colter Road, Delaware City.

About DNREC

The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control protects and manages the state’s natural resources, protects public health, provides outdoor recreational opportunities and educates Delawareans about the environment. The DNREC Division of Parks and Recreation oversees more than 26,000 acres in 17 state parks and the Brandywine Zoo. For more information, visit the website and connect with @DelawareDNREC on Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn.

Media Contacts: Shauna McVey, shauna.mcvey@delaware.gov or Michael Globetti, michael.globetti@delaware.gov.

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DNREC Closes Fort Delaware until June 4 for Ferry Repairs

The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control has closed Fort Delaware State Park until Friday, June 4, to repair the Delafort ferry that transports visitors to the fort. The ferry is in need of repair due to an unforeseen mechanical issue. A second boat brought in as a temporary replacement to the Delafort also had mechanical issues.

Those with tickets to visit Fort Delaware during this timeframe can choose to receive a full refund or tickets for a future date.

The Delafort is operated under contract with the Delaware River and Bay Authority to provide ferry transportation to Fort Delaware and For Mott, N.J. For more information about visiting Fort Delaware, go do www.destateparks.com.

About DNREC

The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control protects and manages the state’s natural resources, protects public health, provides outdoor recreational opportunities and educates Delawareans about the environment. The DNREC Division of Parks and Recreation oversees more than 26,000 acres in 17 state parks and the Brandywine Zoo. For more information, visit the website and connect with @DelawareDNREC on Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn.

Media Contacts: Shauna McVey, shauna.mcvey@delaware.gov or Michael Globetti, michael.globetti@delaware.gov.

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Fort Delaware Introduces Escape Fort Delaware: The Disloyalty Files

DELAWARE CITY – Fort Delaware State Park will host Escape Fort Delaware: The Disloyalty Files on September 14 and 28, 2019 from 4:30-7:00 p.m. Tickets may be purchased for $50.00 online or by phone by calling 877.987.2757.

 Escape Fort Delaware is a program during which participants receive a hands-on education of how they could find their way out of the Fort if they had been arrested on the presumption of committing a disloyal act. The event is an immersive experience for partners and groups to learn Delaware history while also having fun.

This program is open for everyone with no prerequisite. Further questions about the program can be directed to the Fort Delaware park office at 302-834-7941.

 For more information, visit the Fort Delaware website or contact Monique Tamang, marketing intern, Fort Delaware/Fort DuPont State Parks, 302-834-7941.

Media Contact: Jayme Gravell, DNREC Division of Parks and Recreation, 302-739-9112 or         


Tom Summers to Host Treasures of the Delaware Public Archives at Port Penn Interpretive Center

DELAWARE CITYPort Penn Interpretive Center is proud to introduce Treasures of the Delaware Public Archives on Saturday, August 17 at 2:00 p.m. Tom Summers, a twelfth generation Delawarean, will be present a wide variety of documents and photographs preserved at the Delaware Public Archives.

Summers is a graduate from Washington College and a Navy veteran who served as an air traffic controller for four years.  In his current role as Manager of Outreach Services and Public Services for the Delaware Public Archives, Tom presents numerous programs throughout the state.

Treasures of the Delaware Public Archives aims to showcase and promote the resources that can be found at the archives which tell the story of the First State’s rich history and culture. Some of the items presented have had a significant impact on the social, economic, and political lives of Delawareans while other images reflect the joys and concerns that take place in everyday Delaware life.

The event is free and open to public. Further questions about the program can be directed to the Fort Delaware park office at 302-834-7941.

For more information, contact Monique Tamang, marketing intern, Fort Delaware/Fort DuPont State Parks, 302-834-7941


DNREC’s Fort Delaware State Park closed due to dangerous temperatures

DELAWARE CITY  – As a result of the dangerous weather conditions, Fort Delaware State Park will be closed today and tomorrow, July 20 -21, 2019. Patrons who purchased tickets in advance will be issued a refund or credit for a future visit.

The decision to close the park is based on safety to the park staff, volunteers and guests. Pea Patch Island has limited air conditioning and transportation from the island can be difficult for a person experiencing a heat emergency. Furthermore, staff and volunteers wear Civil War-era costumes made from wool.

DNREC encourages Delawareans and visitors to stay safe during the high temperatures the region is experiencing.

For more information, Fort Delaware/Fort DuPont State Parks, 302-834-7941.