During the Civil War, it was used as a prison for Confederate prisoners of war. Many of these inmates came from the Battle of Gettysburg in 1863 and by the end of the war, over 33,000 unfortunates were crammed into it's depressing space.
MANY ghosts are seen, heard and felt on this island. Male
It is believed the child's ghost belongs to a youngster who died in a grisly fall, down a granite staircase near the fort's entrance. As is the case in so many instances like this, the physical space where the tragedy took place becomes visibly scared. The area where the child's body landed and met his sad demise, appears to be darker in color, than every other stone around it.
Ghostly sounds seem to emanate from everywhere on the property,...from a soft whisper directly into your ear,.....to a far away moan that echoes off of the stone walls of the fort.
During a recent episode of "Ghost Hunters" an ominous and loud voice said, "Your not suppose to be here!" The voice could clearly be heard without the assistance of a computer. This spirit was enjoying his fifteen minutes of fame, as he spoke more then once on the show.
Fort Delaware is spooky, historic and lives up to it's nickname as the Death pen! With more then 3,000 people dying on these wretched grounds, you are sure to bump into a ghost or two.
Pea Patch Island has now been turned into a State Park and is owned by the state of Delaware. It is open to the public and can be toured complete with an escorting tour guide.
Lots of haunted tours are offered around Halloween.
Check out http://www.destateparks.com/fdsp/fdsp.htm for information on dates and times.