A dedication ceremony for Fort DuPont State Park’s historical marker will be held Nov. 15.
A dedication ceremony for Fort DuPont State Park’s historical marker will be held at 1 p.m. Nov. 15 at Fort Dupont on state Route 9 in Delaware City at the north end of the Reedy Point Bridge.
With a history dating to the Civil War, Fort DuPont served the U.S. Army for nearly a century. After World War II, it passed to the state of Delaware and was used as a public health facility, a purpose it still serves as the location of the Gov. Bacon Health Center. Later, a portion was added to the state park system.
In 2014, the 325-acre National Historic District outside state park boundaries was turned over to the Fort DuPont Redevelopment and Preservation Corporation so remaining historic structures could be stabilized, preserved and adaptively reused. New commercial, residential and business buildings that complement the existing structures will be built in coming years. The historic district is part of Delaware City. It was annexed by referendum in May 2016.
Guests of the ceremony will include Rep. Valerie Longhurst, D-Bear, and Sen. Nicole Poore, D-New Castle, whose efforts brought the redevelopment plan to life and who sponsored the marker, and Mayor Stanley Green and City Manager Dick Cathcart of Delaware City.
Because the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is rebuilding Delaware City’s Fifth Street bridge, coming from the north it’s necessary to cross the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal on state Route 1 or state Route 13, head east to Port Penn and then take state Route 9 north across the canal to Fort Dupont.
For more information, visit fortdupont.org.