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About the Port Penn Area Historical Society

The Port Penn Area Historical Society was formed in June 1981. The Society’s purpose is to collect, preserve, care for, maintain, instruct, and encourage public interest in all matters, facts and things of any nature relating to history. Please consider assisting us in our current endeavor. All donations are tax deductible.


News and Notes...

Spring Newsletter 2017

Our latest newsletter for Spring 2017 is available online. In this issue you can learn about when Port Penn was terrorized by a man-eating shark, and read about our Wetlands Festival. It also has a list of events planned for the Interpretive Center, and the ever-popular President's Letter.

Click here for details!

Welcome Andy Roy
New Fort Delaware Park Assistant Superintendent
Andy Roy

Andrew Roy has recently joined the Fort Delaware/Fort DuPont State Park team as the new seasonal Assistant Manager.

Andrew holds a B.S. degree in Parks and Recreation/Resources Management from Slippery Rock Univ and has over 30 years of experience with Delaware State Parks.

He most recently served 16 years as the Park Superintendent at the Wilmington State Parks and retired from full-time service at the end of 2015.

Although a native Delawarean, Andrew currently lives in Cecil County MD with his wife Kelli.
At his retirement party, Andrew joked that he wanted to move to an exotic island! This new assignment will help him fulfill that dream!

Meetings in 2017

The Port Penn Area Historical Society will meet four times in 2017.  Our meetings are open to everyone and we invite you to attend, give us some feedback, and volunteer.

Unless noted, all meetings are at the Port Penn Interpretive Center.

Thursday, February 2, 7:00pm

Sunday, April 2 1:00pm-3:00pm (at our Annual Spring Members' Event, to be held at the Thousand Acre Farm in Port Penn)
More info here!

Thursday, September 7, 7:00pm

Thursday, December 7, 7:00pm

Wetlands Festival 2016

Celebrating a tradition of boats, hunting, fishing & trapping at the Grass Dale Center in Delaware City.

Saturday, September 10th 11:00am-3:00pm

Click here to learn more.

New Look to our Website

Welcome to the new Port Penn Historical Society website. We've changed our look to make it more accessible and easier to use. 

Let us know what you think.

Spring Newsletter 2016

Our latest newsletter for Spring 2016 is available online. In this issue you can learn about the history of the Hubbs house in Port Penn. It also has a list of events planned for the Interpretive Center, and the ever-popular President's Letter.

Click here for details!

Welcome Rachael Phillos
New Fort Delaware Park Superintendent

Rachael Phillos, a Delaware native, has felt a connection with nature since she was a young child, and her family's yearly camping trips cemented it. This connection is what set her on her life's path. She was hired as Park Superintendent at Fort Delaware State Park in the fall of 2015/ Rachael has been working with Delaware State Parks since June 2006. She started at White clay Creek & Lums Pond, moved to Trap Pond, and prior to the new position at Fort Delaware she worked as the Trainer/Educator for Killens Pond State Park. She also worked for the Delaware nature Society at Abbotts Mill.

Rachael has a BS in Wildlife conservation and Ecology from the University of Delaware and holds a number of certifications including First Aid/CPR/AED instructor, Small Craft Safety Canoe and Kayak Instructor, Basic Water Rescue Instructor, and National Association of Interpretation Certified Interpretive Guide. Originally from Georgetown, she now resides in Frederica. In her spare time she likes to walk her 85 pound dog, an Rottweiler mix named Ranger, at the local state park. He sometimes walks her instead. She is an avid reader, an occasionally binges on Netflix DVD marathons.