Spooky tales that will make your hair stand up and send a shiver down your spine have been coming out of Fort Delaware for centuries. The historic barracks on Pea Patch Island are said to hold more than just replicas and artifacts. Ghost hunters from around the nation have explored the dark and mysterious corners of the island, and now with All Hallows’ Eve right around the corner, get ready to join them on a ghostly investigation.


    Spooky tales that will make your hair stand up and send a shiver down your spine have been coming out of Fort Delaware for centuries. The historic barracks on Pea Patch Island are said to hold more than just replicas and artifacts. Ghost hunters from around the nation have explored the dark and mysterious corners of the island, and now with All Hallows’ Eve right around the corner, get ready to join them on a ghostly investigation.
    If you have ever wondered what ghostly haunts really linger through the grounds of Fort Delaware, you now have the chance to find out for yourself.
    The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control’s Division of Parks and Recreation will host Pea Patch Paranormal Adventure, a series of public paranormal investigations, at Fort Delaware State Park every weekend in October.
    Participants will take a boat across the murky Delaware River waters and join investigators from Delaware Ghost Hunters, Inc., on a live investigation through Pea Patch Island’s Civil War camps.
    Laura Lee, park historian for Fort Delaware State Park, said Fort Delaware was originally constructed to protect the area’s ports since the chief mode of transporting goods was by way of water.
    She said during the Civil War, it became evident the Confederate Army was not going to be a threat, so Fort Delaware became a Prisoner of War Camp, holding 33,000 prisoners over the course of three years.
    “Twenty-seven thousand people died on the 75-acre island,” Lee said.
    She said this is the first time the state park has done public investigations of the fort. Every year, from June to September, the park hosts weekly candlelit ghost tours, but this takes it to a new level.
    “It’s a really unique opportunity for people who are interested in paranormal investigations,” Lee said. There’s not anything else like it unless you’re a member of one of those [investigative] groups.”
    Lee said the three-hour program begins with an introductory story-telling around a camp fire. Then, small groups of 15 people follow an investigator who uses Electro Magnetic Field detectors, data recorders and temperature sensors to investigate the fort’s prisoner barracks, mess hall, officer’s kitchen, ordinance room and the west end of the Endicott section.
    She said participants can also bring their own portable equipment, as long as it is easy to transport.
    “The investigators are really serious about what they do,” Lee said. “They may hear or see nothing, but that hasn’t been the case. I have to admit, there are some weird things that happen on that island.”
    She said for those looking for even more spooky citings, the park will offer a Pea Patch Extended Paranormal Investigation during Halloween weekend. This event lasts three hours longer and participants will be in smaller groups, allowing for more hands-on investigation.
    “This one’s for the serious ghost hunters out there,” she said.

IF YOU GO
What: Fort Delaware State Park’s Pea Patch Paranormal Adventure with Delaware Ghost Hunters, Inc.
When: Every Friday and Saturday evening in October at 6:30 and 9:30 p.m. Pea Patch Extended Paranormal Investigation will take place Halloween weekend.
Where: Fort Delaware State Park on Pea Patch Island; Departing from 45 Clinton St. Delaware City.
Details: The cost per participant is $40 for the Pea Patch Paranormal Adventure, and $150 per participant for the extended investigation. A staging area will feature refreshments, T-shirts and other items for sale. Because the tours may be too intense for younger children, all participants must be 12 years of age or older. For more information or to reserve a spot go to www.destateparks.com or call 1-877-987-2757.