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Laura Lee or Becky Webb, Fort Delaware State Park, 302-834-7941; or Necia Beck, Delaware State Parks, 302-739-9175 or necia.beck@state.de.us

Fort DuPont State Park Gun Battery Tour  

DELAWARE CITY (Aug. 15, 2012) – Fort DuPont State Park is hosting a guided tour of the park’s massive concrete gun batteries on Sunday, Aug. 19. The tour starts at 4 p.m. at the fishing point, where Wilmington Avenue meets the Delaware River. Participants will learn about one of the first coastal defense sites to have steel-barreled breech-loading guns in concrete emplacements. Sturdy walking shoes that can get dirty are recommended for this one-hour adventure.

Fort DuPont State Park, located on the Delaware River in Delaware City, is a former military fortification, active from the Civil War through World War II. The military post also served as a prisoner-of-war camp for nearly 3,000 German soldiers captured during Rommel’s Afrika Korps campaign. The park includes riverside trails, historic buildings, a fishing point, boat ramp and other recreational amenities.

There is no program fee, but a park admission fee or annual pass is required. Directions and information are available by calling the Fort Delaware State Park office at 302-834-7941or visiting destateparks.com. 

Vol. 42, No. 316

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8/15/2012
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