VISIT FORT DUPONT

& Delaware City

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.

VISIT

DELAWARE CITY

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.

UPCOMING EVENTS

 
Jun
30
Sat
JRRWA Whippets Racing
Jun 30 – Jul 1 all-day
Jul
11
Wed
FDRPC Board of Directors Meeting @ Grass Dale Center, Ft. Delaware & Ft. DuPont State Park Office
Jul 11 @ 8:30 am – 10:00 am

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:

Jul
21
Sat
Delaware City Day @ Delaware City Family Fun Day
Jul 21 all-day

Delaware City Day is all about FAMILY FUN!!

An all-day event, DCD features loads of fun rides and activities for the kids, food, live music, games and more!  The celebration kicks off with a Parade and ends with a bang! Fireworks! For more details or info on volunteering or becoming a vendor, contact Town Hall at 302-834-4573. https://delawarecity.delaware.gov

HELPING HANDS are always appreciated on Delaware City Day!

No pets at Delaware City Day.  Please leave Fido or Fluffy at home where it is much cooler and safer for all. Thank you!

Aug
8
Wed
FDRPC Board of Directors Meeting @ Grass Dale Center, Ft. Delaware & Ft. DuPont State Park Office
Aug 8 @ 8:30 am – 10:00 am

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:

Sep
8
Sat
JRRWA Whippets Racing
Sep 8 – Sep 9 all-day
Sep
12
Wed
FDRPC Board of Directors Meeting @ Grass Dale Center, Ft. Delaware & Ft. DuPont State Park Office
Sep 12 @ 8:30 am – 10:00 am

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:

Sep
15
Sat
Ride For A Reason @ Fort DuPont Parade Ground
Sep 15 @ 7:00 am – 3:00 pm

Ride, Run or Walk for A Reason – Anyone can participate for a good cause!  Proceeds go to the Mike Clark Legacy Foundation to help fight addiction.

Sponsored by Hockessin Athletic Club

Please contact HAC at 302-239-6688 or register online http://www.hachealthclub.com

Sep
29
Sat
Fortify Music Fest @ Fort DuPont
Sep 29 @ 1:00 pm – 9:00 pm

The Inaugural Fortify Music Fest is coming on September 29th 2018! Fortify is a day-long music festival bringing local bands and national-touring tribute acts together on two stages for an incredible day of outdoor music. Don’t miss the food truck gallery and awesome Beer Garden featuring the best local craft beers including the brand new Fortify IPA! Beer + music + you, it’s the perfect match!

From The Police to David Bowie to Led Zeppelin, Fortify Music Fest is merging music you already love with the new best local talent so everyone can get FORTIFIED!

Scheduled to appear:

  • June Divided (With a Special Tribute To The Police), 
  • Soraia (With a Special Tribute To David Bowie and Joan Jett)
  • Spokey Speaky (Bob Marley Tribute)
  • Nappy Riddem
  • Steal your Peach (Grateful Dead/Allman Brothers tribute)
  • Montana Wildaxe
  • Joey DiTullio
  • Kashmir (Led Zeppelin Tribute)

Hosted on the gorgeous grounds of Fort Dupont, a historic and eco-friendly mixed-use community designed around the water and the great outdoors. Learn more about Fort DuPont here and follow us on Facebook here.

Visit fortifyfest.com for detailed Fortify Fest information.

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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, crabfests and a circus, and can easily support festivals, concerts, school events, family reunions and more!

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.