Fort Delaware State Park

Delaware City, Delaware

Access to Fort Delaware is by ferry.

Living History

Daily Programs

Times for daily programs may vary and may not be offered every day. Call the park office at (302) 834-7941 for daily schedules. Be sure to reserve your ferry tickets before your visit.

Interpretive Tour of the Fort

Meet the people who actually lived on Pea Patch Island during the war as you tour the various rooms. Learn about our restored rooms from both the modern day perspective, and from the perspective of the people living in 1864.

Heavy Artillery Demonstration

The artillery at Fort Delaware had a lot of firepower, but never did fire a shot in anger. Come see our real 8-inch Columbiad - one of largest Civil War cannons still fired in the United States. Learn what the fort's guns could do and how a crew fired this giant.

Heavy Artillery Drill

For eight years this has been one of visitors' favorite programs. In this totally interactive program, recruits are drafted from the audience for the heavy artillery drill at Fort Delaware. Under the watchful eye of a solder, these new recruits will learn to handle the implements required to load and fire our 32-pounder gun.

Captain G. S. Clark: Feeding Fort Delaware

Meet Captain Clark, Commissary Officer for Fort Delaware. It is his job to make sure that all the soldiers, both garrison and the prisoners, are properly fed. This is a monumental task since the fort is on an island with no drinkable water.

Reverend Isaac Handy: Rebel with a Cause

Ask Reverend Handy how he came to be a political prisoner at Fort Delaware. See if you think he should be in prison, or if he's a traitor to the Union. Whether you agree with his beliefs or not, you're sure to be in for some lively conversation.