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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...

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.