Have you ever been to Fort Delaware?

If you were raised in the area, there’s probably a good chance you went there at least once; Fort Delaware, in Narrowsburg, NY, opened in 1959. The place seems timeless. Although it reflects a long ago time that was very real to our forefathers here on the Upper Delaware, the site never seems to change- and that’s a good thing.

Surely there have been changes here and there, and new programs, but the fort itself is just as I recall it as a kid. My wife and I went back this summer, after a few years. I never grow tired of it.

Fort Delaware is a reconstruction of a typical settler’s fort of the era, based on a real fort that was a few miles upstream on the Pennsylvania side in the Milanville area, called Cushetunk in the late 1700’s. Run by the County of Sullivan, the dedicated re-enactors at Fort Delaware share their passion and intimate knowledge of history of the Revolutionary War period, not just about the war but how people lived back then on the frontier. You learn how they made their clothes, found and cooked their food, what they made out of iron, wood and stone; about how they lumbered the virgin forest and sent log rafts down the Delaware for ship building. They have demonstrations of spinning wool, blacksmith work, musket firing and more. There’s grounds for picnicking and a gift shop.

A British flag flies over the guard tower on one corner of the palisade. The Cushentunk settlers were Loyalists.

The entire region was touched by either confrontation with the local Indians, or the Revolution (sometimes related). This included the Wallenpaupack River valley to the Upper Delaware from Cushetunk down the Minisink across the river from Lackawaxen. This is our story; this is our heritage.

Come see and learn from a wonderful resource, a treasure on the Delaware, Fort Delaware. For information call 845-252-6660 or visit http://co.sullivan.ny.us/?TabId=3192 .