Fort Miles was built in 1938 during world war II as a fortress to protect Delaware Bay and River from German warships in 1961. It was later named after Lieutenant General Nelson Miles in 1941. Part of the fort was a military recreational area for military families and helped boost the officers’ morale.
After the war, Fort Miles briefly became a research center; Later incorporated into cape Henlopen State Park in 1996 and managed by state park staff and the Fort Miles Historical Association. It is now a critical historical piece of The United States defense during world war II.
Today, fort miles is home to a museum exhibiting restored facilities, including an observation tower, a cantonment area, a series of gun batteries display ranging from 3″ to 16″ guns, and a restored series of gun battery 519. The park has many world war II gun batteries, observation towers, and underground bunkers existing and explorable.
The most interesting display is a 16″ gun mounted on a proof carriage below the entrance of battery 519. On display is the 12″ gun carriage mounted in battery 519; the display includes a mounted gun tub, carriage, and a functioning breach block. Entrance to battery 519 is only by a guided tour.
If you are a historical enthusiast, visit fort miles and learn about The United States’ history and Delawares’ role in world war II. You can visit as a family or group, take a guided tour, an interpretive program, and visit the art gallery.
Climb the concrete spotting tower and enjoy the scenic view of the seascape surrounding area. You can also have a special event at the park. Whenever you are in Lewes, go to Fort Miles with a curious mind to learn and carry your camera along to make memories through pictures and videos.
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26822 Lewes Georgetown Hwy, Harbeson, DE 19951, United States
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Fort Miles Historical Area
15099 Cape Henlopen Dr, Lewes, DE 19958, United States