On Saturday I met up with a friend at Fort Mott, down in Pennsville, NJ for a day trip that took us back in time. At Fort Mott we were able to board what is called the ‘Three Forts Ferry’ over to Pea Patch Island where Fort Delaware is located. I was surprised by how large and interesting the fort was. During the Civil War the Union used the fort as a prison for Confederate prisoners of war, political prisoners, and federal convicts. There were several reenactors on the grounds guiding visitors. The architecture was quite interesting with a moat around the exterior and a sort of village green once inside. Several of the rooms were furnished with antiques and replicas from the period. I was thrilled that I was able to wander with my tripod exploring the many rooms and arched hallways. This was a perfect place for making some HDR (high dynamic range) images. All our exploring worked up our appetites so we took the ferry over to Delaware City for some lunch. The town was quaint offering some shopping and views along the river. We decided to forgo the short walk to Fort DuPont as someone told us there really wasn’t much to see there. After lunch and some ice cream we got back on the ferry to Fort Delaware for a little more photographing while waiting for the final ferry back to Fort Mott. It was quite a fun outing and traveling on the ferry was a relaxing way to catch up on lost time with my friend.
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