Special Back to School Fare Offered to Fort Delaware and Fort Mott
Children Travel Free with Paying Adult Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday Through the end of August
(Delaware City, DE) Looking to do something exciting and fun before heading back to school? Take the Forts Ferry Crossing time machine on a round trip excursion to 19th century military sites on the Delaware River. Fort Delaware and the Forts Ferry Crossing have partnered to make the day more affordable by offering a special back to school promotional rate, available now through August 31. With a paying adult, up to two children ages 2-12 can enjoy a day on the Delaware River and all that Fort Delaware and Fort Mott have to offer for free.
“Fort Delaware and Fort Mott are special historic treasures that never get old,” said Heath Gehrke, director of ferry operations for the Delaware River and Bay Authority. “We wanted to make it easier for residents and visitors to take that one last summer excursion before school starts. It’s a history lesson you’ll never forget and a great way to spend the day together as a family or with friends”
The special back to school promotion is available Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays through August 31. No advanced registration is necessary. Tickets are only available at 45 Clinton Street in Delaware City or at Fort Mott, New Jersey. Children must be accompanied by a paying adult. Coupons are available in Delaware City at the park office and at Fort Mott. You may also print tickets from the Forts Ferry Crossing Facebook site, www.facebook.com/FortsFerryCrossing.
Fort Delaware operates Wednesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The fare is $12 for adults and $7 for children 2-12. Children under 2 are free. The cost includes a ½ -mile ferry ride to Fort Delaware on Pea Patch Island. A jitney provides transport from the island dock to the granite and brick fortress.
At Fort Delaware, visitors experience authentic reenactments of Civil War episodes, both civilian and military as well as demonstrations of how people lived in the 1800s. Have a chat with Edmund Bryan, the only regular army soldier posted to Fort Delaware in the summer of 1864. Being the Ordnance Sergeant, he is in charge of all the ammunition in the fort. Visit the laundry and meet Julia Gunning, one of the fort's laundresses. Help her wash clothes the 19th-century way! Or ask Reverend Isaac Handy how he came to be a political prisoner at Fort Delaware. Along with meeting the legends of Delaware history, you’ll see the grandeur and glory of the fort as it was in its prime. Prepare to be awed by its 32-foot-tall, 30-foot-thick granite walls with gun emplacements and an authentic 8" cannon—the only cannon of its kind still fired in America.
A short ferry ride across the Delaware River is Fort Mott, New Jersey. Original plans for Fort Mott specified eleven gun emplacements with twenty guns and a mortar battery with six emplacements. Construction was started in 1872; however, only two of the gun emplacements and two magazines in the mortar battery were completed by 1876 when worked was stopped. In 1896, construction of the current fortifications resumed with the newest armament available, the disappearing guns. Two batteries of three gun emplacements each could fire a projectile up to 9 miles down-river while two 5-inch rapid fire batteries flank the main battery on each side to provide close in defense as well as protection against any fast moving enemy vessels.
Following your self-guided tour of the Fort, take a short walk to Finn's Point National Cemetery, the final resting-place for 2,400 Confederate prisoners who died at Fort Delaware. Admission to Fort Mott is free.
For more information on these forts, please call (302) 834-7941 for Fort Delaware and (856) 935-3218 for Fort Mott or http://www.destateparks.com/park/fort-delaware and http://www.state.nj.us/dep/parksandforests/parks/fortmott.html.
About the Delaware River and Bay Authority
The DRBA, a bi-state governmental agency created by Compact in 1962, owns and operates the Delaware Memorial Bridge, the Cape May- Lewes Ferry, and the Forts Ferry Crossing. The DRBA also manages corporate and aviation properties through its economic development powers - two airports in New Jersey (Millville Airport and Cape May Airport) and three in Delaware (New Castle Airport, Civil Air Terminal and Delaware Airpark). All DRBA operating revenues are generated through the bridge, ferry and airport facilities. For more information, visit www.drba.net.
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