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Part of our in-depth series exploring the forts of Northern Early America

Fort Mifflin Picture

Fort Mifflin
Fort Mifflin Road
Philadelphia, PA 19153
Phone: 215-685-4167 - Main Office & Information
Fax: 215-685-4166

The British started to build this historic fort in 1772. It was completed in 1776 by the Revolutionary forces under the direction of Benjamin Franklin.

In 1777, 400 soldiers held off over 2,000 British troops and 250 ships for several days. Their stand allowed George Washington to retreat from Philadelphia to Valley Forge.

Hours

Open March 1 to December 15
10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesday through Sunday.
Pre-arranged group tours are welcomed year-round. Call the office to book a tour. (215) 685-4167. Tour guides on these tours only are dressed in period costume and uniform and weapons demonstrations are given.

Note that it is possible to visit the site between 15 December and March 1, however, it is by appointment only.

Admission

Adults: $8.00
Seniors: $ 6.00
Children under 12: $4.00
Children under 5: Free
School Groups - Education Program, Uniform and Weapons Demonstration and Tour: Inquire
School groups with Tour and Uniform and Weapons Demonstration: Inquire

Group Rates: Please call the Office for prices and details involving tour bus groups. Cannon Demos may be available for a fee. Remember, school and tour groups can visit 7 days a week but only by advance appointment!

Parking is free for all buses and cars.

Handicapped Access: Fort Mifflin is sensitive to the needs of a physically challenged visitor. While the Fort grounds and most buildings are accessible, several areas are not. Programs will be adapted for those with special needs by calling: (215) 685-4167

Directions

South on I-95, take Exit 15 Island Avenue/Enterprise Avenue. At end of exit ramp, you will be on Enterprise Avenue. At stop sign turn left onto Fort Mifflin Road. Follow road, through short tunnel, to the first left turn. See sign on right. After left hand turn, follow signs straight into the Fort. Free Parking is on left.

North on I-95, take Exit 13 - Valley Forge/West 291. Bear right and follow sign for Island Avenue. At traffic light (Hilton Hotel on left corner), turn left onto Island Avenue. At stop sign turn left onto Enterprise Avenue. At stop sign, turn right onto Fort Mifflin Road. Follow road, through short tunnel, to the first left turn. See sign on right. After left hand turn, follow signs straight into the Fort. Free parking is on left.

Communities and Related Links
Fort Mifflin Web Site
Philadelphia

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