Fort DuPont State Park, named for Rear Admiral Samuel Francis du Pont, was an active military base from the Civil War through World War II. Following World War II, Fort DuPont was turned over to the State of Delaware. It has been used for various purposes, including as the Governor Bacon Health Center. Portions of the land were dedicated as a state park in 1992.
TThe park is bounded on two sides by the scenic Delaware River and the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal. Use the boat launch to get out on the water to fish and explore the Delaware River. Click for information about fishing and fishing permits.
The River View Trail takes you alongside the Delaware River and affords a glimpse of the site's rich historic past. Six gun batteries were built at Fort DuPont during what is known as the “Endicott Period” (1898-1910), and five of them can be seen along the trail: Batteries Read and Gibson, completed in 1898; Batteries Rodney and Best, and Battery Elder, completed in 1899; and Battery Elder, completed in 1904.
Saturday, April 18, 2020
Come get to know this undervalued historic area! Have fun racing against the clock to find objects hidden all over the Fort DuPont campus. Learn about the history and natural surroundings with every stop you make. This program will meet at the riverside parking lot on Wilmington Avenue/Old Battery Lane. FREE
Tuesday, April 28, 2020
Fort DuPont was created in 1899 to defend the Delaware River and points north from attack by sea. Over its 45 years in existence, it became a thriving community, full of incredible people and incredible stories. Come hear about the events and people that make this forgotten historic site significant. This program will be held at the Brandywine Hundred Library.
Saturday, May 2, 2020
Join a park historian for a leisurely stroll and discover the history, architecture, and community of this old military post. We will be talking both about the housing area of the post from the 1920s and 1930s, and about the artillery batteries that were at the center of Fort DuPont's role in the 1900s and 1910s. Wear sturdy, waterproof walking shoes for this one hour tour. We will meet at the riverside parking lot on Wilmington Avenue/Old Battery Lane. FREE