Fort Delaware State Park, located in Delaware City near Wilmington, provides visitors with the opportunity to step back into the Civil War era. Visitors take a brief ferry ride to the Union fortress located on Pea Patch Island. Here they can participate in interactive exhibits led by costumed docents. These include exhibits on infantry drilling, blacksmith work, 19th century food, laundry, and medicine, and even a look at how the fort handled laundry. Once the tour is over, visitors can enjoy time in the beautiful outdoors in the park's picnic area.
The island itself is a lovely place to explore. Bird-watchers will especially enjoy the island for its many species of birds, including a variety of wading birds in its wet marshes. Visitors can hike to an observation platform to gain a good view of the island and its wildlife. It's an excellent place for photography.
From 1861-1865, the Fort was home to a number of Union batteries and infantry regiments during the American Civil War, including both the 4th and 9th Delaware Regiment Infantries. The park workers recreate history from the summer of 1864, giving visitors a chance to learn about the experiences of Union soldiers, ordinary civilians, and Confederate prisoners who lived on the island at that time.
There are a number of great places to visit in the Delaware Park system. If you're in the Wilmington area and have an interest in Civil War history, Fort Delaware Park is a stop you won't want to miss.