Battery Park - Delaware City, DE
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member 94RedRover
N 39° 34.736 W 075° 35.264
18S E 449524 N 4381189
Quick Description: At the end of Clinton Street in historic Delaware City, the Battery Park was a social and commercial hub of an important port town.
Location: Delaware, United States
Date Posted: 6/28/2009 5:06:53 PM
Waymark Code: WM6NWY
Published By: Groundspeak Charter Member BruceS
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Long Description:

"BATTERY PARK, foot of Clinton St., is at the old entrance of the canal, where boats were locked in and out and tolls paid. The old stone-walled LOCK, preserved along the southern side of the park, contains some water and small boats are stored in it. The river end is closed by an embankment, but there is access for boats between the river and the old basin by a small channel just south of the lock. Near the lock stands an ancient iron DIVING BELL, within which a man could be lowered to the bed of the canal to make repairs to the lock gates. From the park there is a good view of Fort Delaware (see below), a mile east on Pea Patch Island."

--- Delaware: A Guide to the First State, 1938

Battery Park sits at the end of Clinton Street, overlooking the Delaware River and Chesapeake and Delaware Canal. In this little park, residents would gather to watch the ships going through the lock to the canal. Soldiers would visit with local girls along the romantic river walk. It became the center of social life in the town.

Today, Battery Par is as beautiful as ever. The bell still sits there, the lock is a standing memorial to engineering ingenuity, and the ferry to Pea Patch Island leaves from here.

Book: Delaware

Page Number(s) of Excerpt: 471

Year Originally Published: 1938

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