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Port Penn Interpretive Center


Find Your Adventure at Port Penn

Walk the Port Penn Wetlands Trail

Walk the Port Penn Wetlands Trail

Discover how people made a living from the natural resources of the Delaware River. Look for wetland creatures and the listen for the sounds of nature while walking on the boardwalk.

Andean Condor at the Brandywine Zoo

Explore the Town

Take a walk around town and read the waysides to learn the history of this historic wetland community. Self-guided walking tours feature the historic homes of Port Penn and the scenic marshlands surrounding the village.

 

 

Port Penn Interpretive Center

Visit the Port Penn Interpretive Center

The Port Penn Interpretive Center provides an intimate glimpse into village life in a seasonal economy tied to the resources of the Delaware River. Explore this old school house that has been converted into a museum and learn about the history of the town.

Headstone at the Stewart Cemetary

Visit the Stewart Cemetery

Head up the road to the Stewart Cemetery, created as the family burial grounds for Port Penn’s town founder. Look at the headstones going back to the late 18th century and ponder the generations of Stewarts who lived in Port Penn.

About Port Penn Interpretive Center

The Port Penn Interpretive Center was a schoolhouse from 1886 to 1961 and now features items donated by residents of the community. Visitors can tour the surrounding wetland via the Wetlands Trail, which features migratory wading birds in summer months, a floating fishing cabin, and other natural sights and sounds. The town of Port Penn relies on a seasonal economy and the Delaware River for commerce. Self-guided tours feature waysides that tell the tale of historic homes in Port Penn and the lively marshland. The Stewart Cemetery gives a glimpse of those who once inhabited the town.

Upcoming Events

Intro to Port Penn Virtual Program

Tuesday, October 26, 2021

7:00 PM

When starting the village in the 1760s, Port Penn's founders hoped that it would become a seaport to rival Philadelphia. Though it never quite lived up to those aspirations, Port Penn is a remarkable community that managed to be both international and uniquely Delawarean. Now you can experience the history of Port Penn without ever leaving the comfort of your home! This program will be held via Zoom. It is free, but pre-registration is required. You may register by calling the Park Office at 302-834-7941.

Add to Calendar 10/26/2021 7:00:00 PM 10/26/2021 8:00:00 PM America/New_York Intro to Port Penn Virtual Program When starting the village in the 1760s, Port Penn's founders hoped that it would become a seaport to rival Philadelphia. Though it never quite lived up to those aspirations, Port Penn is a remarkable community that managed to be both international and uniquely Delawarean. Now you can experience the history of Port Penn without ever leaving the comfort of your home! This program will be held via Zoom. It is free, but pre-registration is required. You may register by calling the Park Office at 302-834-7941. Port Penn Interpretive Center

Port Penn's Seasonal Economy Virtual Program

Tuesday, November 9, 2021

7:00 PM

Throughout the 20th century, many folks in Port Penn participated in a seasonal economy, made up of trapping, fishing and hunting. In this program, we will be discussing the various aspects of the seasonal economy in detail. And you can enjoy it from the comfort of your home! This program will be held via Zoom. It is free, but pre-registration is required. You may register by calling the Park Office at 302-834-7941, or by emailing Jake at jacob.miller@delaware.gov.

Add to Calendar 11/9/2021 7:00:00 PM 11/9/2021 8:00:00 PM America/New_York Port Penn's Seasonal Economy Virtual Program Throughout the 20th century, many folks in Port Penn participated in a seasonal economy, made up of trapping, fishing and hunting. In this program, we will be discussing the various aspects of the seasonal economy in detail. And you can enjoy it from the comfort of your home! This program will be held via Zoom. It is free, but pre-registration is required. You may register by calling the Park Office at 302-834-7941, or by emailing Jake at jacob.miller@delaware.gov. Port Penn Interpretive Center

Historic Town Tour

Saturday, November 13, 2021

10:00 AM

Port Penn is a fascinating town full of fascinating architecture! The town still retains much of its 18th and 19th century character. Join a park historian for this tour to learn about the interesting architectural features of the town, and the amazing people who make up its past. Meeting place will be at the Interpretive Center. Free

Add to Calendar 11/13/2021 10:00:00 AM 11/13/2021 11:00:00 AM America/New_York Historic Town Tour Port Penn is a fascinating town full of fascinating architecture! The town still retains much of its 18th and 19th century character. Join a park historian for this tour to learn about the interesting architectural features of the town, and the amazing people who make up its past. Meeting place will be at the Interpretive Center. Free Port Penn Interpretive Center