This was the prison for more than 30,000 Confederate, Federal and political prisoners during the Civil War.
This is one of
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The visit to the Fort will take you on a journey of days gone by, lives of those early settlers that fought to survive in the early days of the
The daily activities on
You will meet the members of Ahl’s Independent Battery, 1st Delaware Heavy Artillery, organized from
The Blacksmith Shop and hear the stories of the dozens of African Americans who helped to build and operate
You will learn of the escape attempts from “prisoners” themselves.
The Ordnance Sergeant (Keeper of the Guns) will tell you how his is in charge of all the ammunitions at the fort. You will look inside the ordnance store room to see if you can find the sergeant at work.
You will be able to come to the kitchen and see how the cooks prepare different types of food for the comrades.
If you have heard the stories of the care of soldiers in the hospitals of the Civil War you will be given the opportunity to visit one and hear tales of working in the field camps of the army. You’ll hear about the challenges and difficulties of both the highest surgeons and the lowliest POW patient.
From the parking area in
Ferry Fees: Adults – $11; Children 2-12 – $6; Seniors (62+) and Active Duty Military (with ID) – $10.
Open: 10 am – 6 pm on weekends and holidays through September 28 and Wednesday through Sunday June 18 – August 29.
There is a food concession stand on the island but you are welcome to bring a picnic lunch, there are tables and grills for your use.
Your admission fee allows you to travel to
NOTE: No pets are allowed on