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“Historic Site/Full Day Adventure”

Fort Delaware State Park
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Salem, New Jersey
Level 3 Contributor
21 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Historic Site/Full Day Adventure”
Reviewed February 26, 2014


I traveled to this site using the ferry from Barbers Basin in Salem County, New Jersey. I was apprehensive at first because the ferry runs on a very limited schedule from NJ. The ferry ride was lovely! I thoroughly enjoyed wandering though the historic site and even wandered along a trail on the island. The ferry travels more frequently to Delaware City so I was able to take a ferry from Pea Patch Island to Delaware City for a quick bite to eat and some shopping before a return ferry ride to Salem County. It was a great day and I look forward to a return trip this summer!

Visited June 2013
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Delaware City, DE
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
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“Real History”
Reviewed November 25, 2013

Very interesting place to visit for Civil War buffs. Realistic characters in period dress are ready to answer your questions or give information. A diamond in the rough - needs amenities like food and drink on site.

Visited August 2013
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Annapolis, Maryland
Level 4 Contributor
28 reviews
9 attraction reviews
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“Diamond in the Rough”
Reviewed September 5, 2013 via mobile

As much as I like history, this Fort and the different roles that it played, came as a complete surprise to me. I discovered it by accident, and am very happy that I did. A day well spent, and I would highly recommend it to anyone. Ron K. Maryland

Visited June 2013
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Bear, Delaware
Level 3 Contributor
12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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“Labor Day weekend at Fort Delaware”
Reviewed September 4, 2013

We went to Fort Delaware on Sunday, Sep 1,2013... (Labor Day Weekend, and was not overly crowded... There is plenty to do, as you journey back to the civil war period here in Delaware. This was our first trip, and being a history buff, I was quite impressed with the quality program put on by the people in charectar while you are visiting. They make you feel right at home, and can answer any quesion about the fort.
Because of it's location on Pea Patch island on the Delaware river, a ferry is neccessary to get there. This is your only fee, which is 11$ fpr adults. There is no fee for the fort itself.. You can not drive, or use a private boat. The ferry transitions yu to the civil war period. where there is a small tram waiting to take you to the fort.. there is pplenty to do and see, along with tours and a cannon firing as well.. Ghost hunters was there as well to research possible ghost things going on..... (which btw I do not care about, but my wife does). You can also atke about a 1 mile nature hike as well, but just keep in mind there are no concession stands, but there are vending machines and water... There is also a picnic area with grills as well. Most importantly enjoy, but remember one this.... Ferries are scheduled so be sure you keep an eye on the time.. They run periodically, to Delaware City, and Salem NJ...BUt be carefui, or you might find yourself there later than you want to be.

Visited September 2013
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Center Moriches
Level 5 Contributor
54 reviews
19 attraction reviews
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“Must See for Civil War Buffs”
Reviewed September 2, 2013

Caught the ferry at the last minute for a short drive over to the island. When you get to the island you take a tram to the front gates of the fort. There you are met by a guy who gives you a brief history of the island, programs available that day, and explains the "soap and water" you must walk through when you exit. We headed up two flights of stairs to the top of the fort for a cannon reinactment. The guy leading it was so nice in explaining what each "soldiers" job was (yes, they are all dressed Union soldiers) and reassuring the little kids who already had their hands over their ears that he would tell them when they needed to cover their ears. Those kids were smart because it was REALLY loud. I can't imagine what it really sounded like in battle with multiple cannons. After, the "soldiers" we're really nice and took pics with people in front of the cannon. Then we wandered the fort- they have various rooms set up as exhibits, a short movie to watch if you wanted, and another tour to join if you also wanted with a "living history" person. This was a personal trip for me as my G,G, Great Grandfather died here as a Confederate prisoner. I was really honored to see it. You used to be able to take another ferry to NewJersey to the cemetary but Hurricane Sandy ruined their dock and they have not rebuilt yet. There were families and couples there and all seemed to find something they liked. There is free water refill for your water bottle and a small gift shop.

Visited August 2013
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