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
9
Thu
FDRPC Board of Directors Meeting
Jun 9 @ 8:30 am – 10:00 am
The Board of Directors meeting will be held at the Delaware City Fire Company located at 815 5th Street, Delaware City, DE 19706 at 8:30 a.m.
The Fort DuPont Board of Directors typically meet the 2nd Wednesday of each month at 8:30 a.m. (The March, June, September and December meetings are scheduled for the second Thursday of the month.)
The Board of Directors meetings are open to the public. To view meeting agendas and minutes, click here.
Jun
22
Wed
DHPC Meeting
Jun 22 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

The Fort DuPont Design & Historic Preservation Committee (DHPC) will meet on 6/22/22 at 4 p.m. via Zoom (link below).

https://us06web.zoom.us/j/6630725888?pwd=eDRlKzgwRnpCaUdoWHlxS1VYVk1SUT09

Meeting ID: 663 072 5888
Passcode: 5888
One tap mobile
+13126266799,,6630725888#,,,,*5888# US (Chicago)
+16468769923,,6630725888#,,,,*5888# US (New York)

Agenda TBD

The DHPC meets the 4th Wednesday of each month at 4 p.m. if it has business before it.

Jul
13
Wed
FDRPC Board of Directors Meeting
Jul 13 @ 8:30 am – 10:00 am
The Board of Directors meeting will be held at the Delaware City Fire Company located at 815 5th Street, Delaware City, DE 19706 at 8:30 a.m.
The Fort DuPont Board of Directors typically meet the 2nd Wednesday of each month at 8:30 a.m. (The March, June, September and December meetings are scheduled for the second Thursday of the month.)
The Board of Directors meetings are open to the public. To view meeting agendas and minutes, click here.
Jul
27
Wed
DHPC Meeting
Jul 27 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

The Fort DuPont Design & Historic Preservation Committee (DHPC) will meet on 7/27/22 at 4 p.m. via Zoom (link below).

https://us06web.zoom.us/j/6630725888?pwd=eDRlKzgwRnpCaUdoWHlxS1VYVk1SUT09

Meeting ID: 663 072 5888
Passcode: 5888
One tap mobile
+13126266799,,6630725888#,,,,*5888# US (Chicago)
+16468769923,,6630725888#,,,,*5888# US (New York)

Agenda TBD

The DHPC meets the 4th Wednesday of each month at 4 p.m. if it has business before it.

Aug
10
Wed
FDRPC Board of Directors Meeting
Aug 10 @ 8:30 am – 10:00 am
The Board of Directors meeting will be held at the Delaware City Fire Company located at 815 5th Street, Delaware City, DE 19706 at 8:30 a.m.
The Fort DuPont Board of Directors typically meet the 2nd Wednesday of each month at 8:30 a.m. (The March, June, September and December meetings are scheduled for the second Thursday of the month.)
The Board of Directors meetings are open to the public. To view meeting agendas and minutes, click here.
Aug
24
Wed
DHPC Meeting
Aug 24 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

The Fort DuPont Design & Historic Preservation Committee (DHPC) will meet on 8/24/22 at 4 p.m. via Zoom (link below).

https://us06web.zoom.us/j/6630725888?pwd=eDRlKzgwRnpCaUdoWHlxS1VYVk1SUT09

Meeting ID: 663 072 5888
Passcode: 5888
One tap mobile
+13126266799,,6630725888#,,,,*5888# US (Chicago)
+16468769923,,6630725888#,,,,*5888# US (New York)

Agenda TBD

The DHPC meets the 4th Wednesday of each month at 4 p.m. if it has business before it.

Sep
8
Thu
FDRPC Board of Directors Meeting
Sep 8 @ 8:30 am – 10:00 am
The Board of Directors meeting will be held at the Delaware City Fire Company located at 815 5th Street, Delaware City, DE 19706 at 8:30 a.m.
The Fort DuPont Board of Directors typically meet the 2nd Wednesday of each month at 8:30 a.m. (The March, June, September and December meetings are scheduled for the second Thursday of the month.)
The Board of Directors meetings are open to the public. To view meeting agendas and minutes, click here.
Sep
28
Wed
DHPC Meeting
Sep 28 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

The Fort DuPont Design & Historic Preservation Committee (DHPC) will meet on 9/28/22 at 4 p.m. via Zoom (link below).

https://us06web.zoom.us/j/6630725888?pwd=eDRlKzgwRnpCaUdoWHlxS1VYVk1SUT09

Meeting ID: 663 072 5888
Passcode: 5888
One tap mobile
+13126266799,,6630725888#,,,,*5888# US (Chicago)
+16468769923,,6630725888#,,,,*5888# US (New York)

Agenda TBD

The DHPC meets the 4th Wednesday of each month at 4 p.m. if it has business before it.

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.