Bicyclists, Birders, Boaters and Batteries
Fort DuPont and Delaware City, less than 30 minutes south of Wilmington and the Delaware Memorial Bridge, is a riverside town with a concentration of stores and houses dating from the 1800’s when it was the busy eastern end of the Chesapeake & Delaware Canal. Today it is a popular destination for birders, boaters, dining, recreation and history enthusiasts.
The original C&D Canal forms the southern edge of town. Just a few feet across the Branch Canal, Fort DuPont is the location of a planned community. A small-town style mixture of new and renovated vintage buildings is centered on a 17-acre parade ground. Parkland, including a large boat ramp, surrounds the former Army base and provides easy access to the Delaware River and canal, which is well known for fishing and boating.
DIRECTIONS TO FORT DUPONT
From Wilmington take I-95 south to DE Route 1 south toward Dover. Take exit 152 for Delaware City and Route 72. Turn left on Route 72 and follow into Delaware City. Go through the traffic light at Clinton Street and continue over the Branch Canal Bridge. Take your first left, which will put you onto Old Elm Ave and into Fort DuPont. Follow Old Elm Ave along the parade ground (on your right) to the first building on the right, 260 Old Elm Ave.
From Dover take DE Route 1 north to exit 152 for Delaware City and Route 72. Turn left on Route 72 and follow into Delaware City. Go through the traffic light at Clinton Street and continue over the Branch Canal Bridge. Take your first left, which will put you onto Old Elm Ave and into Fort DuPont. Follow Old Elm Ave along the parade ground (on your right) to the first building on the right, 260 Old Elm Ave.
Bicyclists can start at Battery Park, cross Fifth Street and travel along the C&D Canal’s Mike Castle Trail to Chesapeake City, Maryland, and back. Or park along the trail and pedal east to town. The Castle Trail is open for walking, biking, and horseback riding.
The Rural two-lane Route 9, or Fifth Street, which runs south through the marshes to Odessa, Leipsic, and Dover, is also a popular bicycling route.
AUGUSTINE WILDLIFE AREA & THOUSAND-ACRE MARSH
Just across the modern canal from the fort, Delaware’s coastal marshes begin at the Augustine Wildlife Area and the Thousand-Acre Marsh. The marsh is an ecologically important wetland popular with birders. Herons roost on the northern end of Pea Patch Island. Osprey and Bald Eagles fish the waters. The American Birding Association has also made Delaware City its North American home, complete with visitors center and museum.
It’s a short walk from Battery Park, past the marina, to the small bridge over the Branch Canal. Transient boaters find the Delaware City Marina a convenient stop and the state maintains a modern launching ramp on the canal’s south bank.
THE MARINA & BOAT RAMP
OLD ELM AVENUE
Once across the Fifth Street Bridge, you are at Old Elm Avenue and the entrance to Fort DuPont. Gun batteries built on a riverside farm before the fort had a name were intended to protect Philadelphia from naval attack. The property has a rich history in the country’s coastal defense dating to just after the War of 1812. In the late 1800’s plans were set in place to expand and in 1899 the military base was officially named after Civil War Admiral Samuel Francis DuPont. Together with guns at Fort Delaware and more guns on the New Jersey side, the fort could protect Wilmington’s industries, Philadelphia and Camden, although the only thing those guns ever hit — by accident — was Salem, New Jersey farmland.
During WWI and WWII, army engineers were based at the fort, with barracks and officers’ housing, a library, theater, gym, swimming pool, and hospital. Some 80 years after Fort Delaware was home to rebel prisoners, Fort DuPont became home to nearly 1,000 German POWs.
a historic waterfront community in Delaware!
Welcome to a community blessed with a rich history and architectural heritage still evident in the homes and buildings along the wide tree-lined streets of Delaware City. Structures date back to the town’s earliest days in the 1820’s and help tell the story of its economic development. The Delaware City Historic District is one of the largest in the State of Delaware with more than 250 contributing structures.
Delaware City traces its origins to 1801 when the Newbold family from New Jersey purchased a tract of land that became known as Newbold’s Landing. The Newbolds drew plans for the town in 1826, with the expectation that it would eventually grow to rival Philadelphia as a Delaware River port and commercial center. Its location at the eastern terminus of the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal in 1829 caused Delaware City to become both an operating base and a way station for a number of significant shipping-related activities.
The Wilmington Trail Club invites their members to hike Fort DuPont and the Castle Trail on Saturday, May 26. Enjoy the natural beauty of The Fort, its surrounding areas, and take in a little history as you go.
Parking is located in the old parking lot along Colter Road (formerly Kent), adjacent to the Paynter Building. (The former barracks building is under renovation. It is the building next to the Governor Bacon Health Center (south side). Coordinates (above) are for the Fort DuPont Administrative Office. For those not familiar with the area, the coordinates will get you to Fort DuPont. Google Maps has not updated their system with our new street names and addresses and is not reliable.
More info: www.wilmingtontrailclub.org
American Legion Memorial Day Service at Veterans Point
05/28/2018 at 10:30 AM
Location: Battery Park
Address: Delaware City, DE 19706
The members of Robert L. Taylor Post 13 of the American Legion will hold their annual Memorial Day service at Veterans Point in Battery Park on Monday, May 28, 2018 at 10:30 AM.
DNG will be conducting exercises on the Parade Ground June 1st through June 3rd.
Antique Truck Show in Battery Park, Delaware City
Free, family-friendly event open to the public
Household Hazardous Waste- Product containers marked with words, “Warning: Hazardous,” “Flammable,” “Poisonous,” “Corrosive” or “Explosive.” For example; household cleaners, garden pesticides, paint, nail polish, fluorescent bulbs, or antifreeze.
Paper Shredding- Residents can bring up to 2 file boxes of personal confidential papers for shredding (financial and legal documents, receipts, and tax and medical records). Papers with staples or paper clips are accepted.
Recycling of electronics
Rain or shine event
Saturday, June 9th & Sunday, June 10th
The annual St. Georges Blues Festival has a new home at the Fort DuPont Parade Ground. 2018 brings another great lineup of entertainment and fun! Presented by Blue Horizon Promotions
For tickets and more info http://www.bluehorizonpromotions.com/page7.html
Blue Horizon is seeking food & drink vendors for this event. Contact Gene Fontana (302-547-0913) or Ben Rizzo (302-420-3058) and find out how you can profit from offering your wares to this diverse population of tri-state music lovers.
Find out how you can earn free admission to these events by volunteering at the St. Georges Blues Festival. Contact Gene Fontana at 302-547-0913.
The Fort DuPont Board of Directors meets the 2nd Wednesday of each month, 8:30 a.m., at the Grass Dale Center, 108 North Reedy Point Road, Delaware City, DE 19706, unless otherwise noted. The Grass Dale center is located in the Ft. Delaware/Ft. DuPont State Park Office. The Board of Directors meetings
The Board of Directors meetings are open to the public. To view past meeting agendas and minutes, click on the link(s) below:
A Kidsfest for children of ALL ages!
A make-and-take event
Interactive activities and crafts at historic Fort Delaware. Bring a picnic lunch and enjoy a day at the park. Water dispensers are provided. Drink vending machines are available.
Fort Delaware is located on Pea Patch Island and is only accessible by ferry. The ferry departs from the Fort Delaware Park Office / dock which is located at Battery Park in Delaware City, Delaware. Please check the Fort Delaware State Park’s website for ferry schedule and fees. http://www.destateparks.com/park/fort-delaware/ferry.asp
WANT TO HOST AN EVENT?
Searching for that special place for your next event? Fort DuPont has a variety of indoor and outdoor spaces that can accommodate meetings, parties, sporting events, weddings, even a circus! Conveniently located to all major transportation routes, with ample parking, you’ll find Fort DuPont has much to offer to make your next event a memorable one.
The Parade Ground – 18 acres of open space that currently hosts sporting events, dog shows, military re-enactments,
The Chapel – Build in 1943 to meet the spiritual needs of the service men and their families stationed at Fort DuPont, this unpretentious historic space can accommodate up to 250 people for weddings, meeting events.
CONTACT 302.838.7374 OR EMAIL MARKETING@FORTDUPONT.ORG FOR MORE INFORMATION AND AVAILABILITY.