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December 09, 2016
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Fort Delaware: a new day dawns

Nancy Walters interprets the life of a teacher and the limited educational opportunities available. Education was a luxury, not a requirement, and school took place in summer since children were needed during spring to help with planting and during fall to bring the harvest in.

For those who have grown up with modern conveniences like running water, electricity and grocery stores, Fort Delaware offers a glimpse into a long-past way of life. But the fort’s future is evolving, too, with an effort underway to form a new Friends of Fort Delaware group to raise awareness and funds to offset the increased costs associated with upgrading costumes and authenticating artifacts.

“It’s expensive to do it right,” Conway said, “but we hope to engage the community’s imagination in the possibilities.” Conway also hopes to increase the opportunity for serious research at Fort Delaware with a series of seminars and conferences.

For further information, call 845/252-6660 or email Fort Delaware is open on weekends through Labor Day. Visit

Upcoming events at Fort Delaware
(Friday, Saturday and Monday Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday Hours: 12 Noon to 5:00 pm)
• July 2-4, Independence Day Weekend, Colonial cooking demonstrations, reading of the Declaration of Independence by Revolutionary War re-enactor Gary Cochrane. The reading will be preceded by a special flag-raising event which begins at noon and features a flag donated by Congressman Maurice Hinchey that was flown over the United States Capitol in Washington, DC in honor of Fort Delaware Museum of Colonial History.
• July 9 and 10, Children’s Weekend, Lenape games, Colonial music, animals, sheep-shearing and spinning demonstrations and more.
• July 23 and 24, Revolutionary War Encampment, multiple re-enactor groups interact with the public.