- Open daily, 8:00AM - 4:00PM
- Office open Monday - Friday, 9:00AM - 4:00PM
- Self-guided tours
- The Park staff s a variety of historical and natural interpretive programs and tours throughout the year
- Guided tours available for school and other groups
- Seasonal Passenger Ferry to Fort Delaware and Delaware City
- On-site parking
- Partially ADA accessible
Fort Mott State Park
454 Fort Mott Road, Pennsville, NJ 08070
Fort Mott State Park, the southern anchor for the New Jersey Coastal Heritage Trail, was part of a three-fort coastal defense system consisting of Fort Delaware on Pea Patch Island and Fort DuPont in Delaware City, Delaware. The fortifications were designed for the defense of the Delaware River against enemy ships in the late 1800s. The current fortifications at Fort Mott were erected in 1896 in anticipation of the Spanish-American War. From 1897 to 1922, troops were regularly stationed at Fort Mott and the federal government maintained a caretaking detachment at the fort from 1922 to 1943. The State of New Jersey acquired the military reservation as a historic site and state park in 1947, and it was opened to the public on June 24, 1951.
Today, visitors can explore Fort Mott to see its emplacements and magazines that still line an impressive 750-foot long, thirty-five-foot-thick poured concrete parapet, which is buttressed by an additional thirty feet of sand and earth. The site, maintained by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, provides a self-guided tour featuring eleven interpretive stops and a Visitor Center displaying the fort’s history.
WHAT TO SEE AND DO
- Stop into the Visitor Center for information about Fort Mott’s place in history and the environment
- Take a self-guided tour of Fort Mott and its original fortifications
- Visit nearby Finn’s National Cemetery and the Hancock House
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