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Fort Delaware

Posted by Stu On September - 21 - 2005

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The back of the fort as seen from Fort Mott.

We noticed on one of our visits to Fort Mott that a ferry runs among 3 forts: Forts Mott, Delaware, and DuPont. I found out Fort Delaware is on its own island, Pea Patch Island, in the middle of the River. It is only accessible by the ferry and is where the Civil War soldiers buried at Finn’s Point came from. We tried to board the ferry once, but it stopped its route early that day due to “bad weather” (which lasted a whopping 15 minutes). So we tried again 2 weeks later and finally got there.
Once on the island, we were greeted by a tram of sorts, which drove us right up to the fort entrance; I was surprised to discover the fort has a moat around it. To the right are the remains of 2 batteries, and off to the left are reconstructed barracks (the prison and original barracks were dismantled not long after the Civil War ended).

The batteries

The reconstructed barracks

A small portion of the barracks may have been remade, but the fort itself is pretty much in the same shape as it was during its prime in 1864. The floors and walkways are pretty uneven as a result. There are a few people dressed in Civil War-era clothes who can tell you more than you care to know about the fort. One woman bragged about the 40+ flush toilets – “not even Mr. Lincoln has those in the White House.” There are tours, but we chose to walk around on our own, as we most always do.

OMFG teh Orbz!!111

The concession guy was definitely not in 1864 character.

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The Cannonball House

Posted by Stu On July - 20 - 2004

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A fine example of a place being less than what you’d expect. I had read about this house in a book or two. Seeing how it was also included on some Lewes maps, I figured it’d be a worthwhile addition to my trip there.

If you don’t know about it, the “Cannonball House” of Lewes is the last building in the town with any remnant of the British attack that took place there in 1813. A cannonball was shot at one of the building’s sides and is still there. I was expecting a large cannonball…..this is what I found:

There’s your cannonball. I was a bit disappointed to say the least. I came all this way to look at a superball. I’m still not sure why I’m including the house on the site….it IS odd in its own little way, yet it’s also very dumb.

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Cape Henlopen State Park

Posted by Stu On July - 20 - 2004

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This was my main reason for visiting Lewes. I had read about 7 concrete towers along the coast that were from World War II. Back when German U-boats were a possible threat in the Delaware Bay, many concrete towers were built along the coast to keep watch for them. There was at least one on the Jersey side too, as I had found last fall. But unlike the one in New Jersey, you can climb some of these.

I saw 5 other towers from the top of the one I climbed. I also looked down and saw people had made designs on the ground that you can only see from the top of the tower. Figuring this is the closest to Nazca I’m going to get for a while, I figured I’d take some pics.

In another section of the park, you can find some guns, cannons, and buildings from when it was still a fort. None of the buildings can be entered.

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Zwaanendael Museum

Posted by Stu On July - 20 - 2004

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The Zwaanendael is almost your typical local history museum. Almost.
Like most other local history museums, there are artifacts, clothes, etc. from the time period they’re focusing on. You can also see the door of the Cape Henlopen Lighthouse, which toppled over in 1926.
But I didn’t come to see that.

I went to the Zwaanendael Museum to see just one thing: the merman.

It’s not really a merman (derrr), but rather half fish and half monkey. It’s not very big…a bit over a foot long.

There is no admission charge to visit this museum.

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