Fort DuPont State Park & the Port Penn Interpretive Center
Delaware Route 9
Delaware City, DE 19706
Fort DuPont was home to soldiers for nearly a century. Today, however, it serves in a different capacity. This 320-acre park provides picnicking, fishing, and hiking along the Delaware River. The two-mile River View Trail allows visitors to explore the site's historic past, as does the Port Penn Interpretive Center. This is a former one-room school and general store built in 1856. And its wooden statue of a waterman is a must see, especially for those who love folk art. So, too, is its wetland trail, which boasts a boardwalk, floating cabin, and muskrat skinning shack.
You may notice that your view of the Delaware River from the River View Trail is partially blocked by tall, bushy-topped reeds. These are called phragmites, and they actually originate in Asia. This wetland grass is a good example of an exotic, invasive plant. They crowd out native plant life, and they are very difficult to kill.
Currently there are plans to convert Burton Hall into a new Delaware Military Museum. Please visit MilitaryHeritage.org/BurtonHall.html for details.
Two other state parks also have military installments. These include Fort Delaware State Park and Cape Henlopen State Park.
Photo by Shaun Bailey
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