Port Penn Interpretive Center

Port Penn Interpretive Center, Delaware City: Address, Phone Number, Port Penn Interpretive Center Reviews: 4/5

Port Penn Interpretive Center

Port Penn Interpretive Center

4 reviews
Very good

Tim Y
King, NC262 contributions
Quite hidden gem hidden off the beaten path - great for bird watchers
Dec 2018 • Couples
Lots of wetlands, water foul, fishing, crabbing too I think. Hiking trails. photo opps. We enjoyed it very much.
Written December 28, 2018
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Anthony R
Wilmington, DE1,437 contributions
Charming stop in a tiny river village.
Oct 2018 • Couples
Think you know Port Penn? Think again! This charming little former schoolhouse contains a wealth of information and artifacts from the area’s past. It’s an easy stop, located right on Route 9. There’s plenty of parking, and you can visit the whole building and grounds in less than an hour.
The volunteer docent who guided me on my visit was passionate about the town and its history, and I truly learned a lot. It’s an easy walk from here to the river, which is quite scenic at this point.
If only the Augustine Inn was still open! There are so few dining options in this part of the state. Pack a lunch.
Written November 21, 2018
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Middletown, DE1,963 contributions
Wetlands Trail is a hidden gem
Jan 2018
I don't live too far from here. Sometimes I park at the interpretative center and incorporate the trail into my runs. I actually love going back there. It's so serene. It's a short bridge that connects to a short asphalt trail on one end and a grass trail on the opposite end. The grass trail divides in two directions with one going north and the other east. It connects to a service road which is part of the state park. I used to be a little nervous about venturing here by myself, but I've decided it's safe. I just ran on the trail this morning on a cold, clear day. Unfortunately, the interpretive center is never open when I run because I go either early in the morning or after 5 pm. It's a cute building. The trail does have some well worn informative signs talking about the local history.
Written January 20, 2018
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Dover, NH9,103 contributions
Nov 2014 • Solo
Until now, the Port Penn Interpretive Center was the best-kept secret in New Castle County along with the rest of Port Penn, a historic and picturesque unincorporated community.

Heading south on Route 9 out of Delaware City en route to Smyrna and Dover, I happened upon this unexpected find at the corner of Market Street and Liberty Street. There was a small parking lot so I stopped for a visit.

The Port Penn Interpretive Center was not open during my visit. I later learned that it is open Saturdays and Sundays from 10 AM until 5 PM from late April through late September. It has exhibits and programs that explain life in the historic wetlands communities along the Delaware River. Fishing and trapping were essential ways of life. Self-guided walking tours are available featuring the historic homes of Port Penn, as well as the scenic marshlands surrounding the town.

This building was originally the Port Penn Schoolhouse. It was built in 1886 and served continuously as a school until 1961. It’s pretty well maintained. I spent about 20 minutes reading the info boards and photographing the building and statue of a waterman on the front lawn.

This is associated with Fort DuPont State Park. The Port Penn Trail is across the street from the center. I did not venture far down the Port Penn Trail because it was close to the Augustine Wildlife Management Area, a section of Fort DuPont State Park that permits hunting, and I could hear hunters in the woods. Later, I did see something in print that cautioned hikers to check for hunting seasons before heading down the Port Penn Trail.

This was a refreshing rest stop.

Coupled with the Port Penn Trail, I rate this attraction a middling 4.

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Written November 21, 2014
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