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Fort Miles Museum and Historical Area


Fort Miles Museum and Historical Area Overview

Lying amidst rolling sand dunes, on a high bank overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, is the Fort Miles Historical Area, home of the Fort Miles Museum. The central features of the museum include Battery 519, six barracks buildings, a fire control tower, an orientation building, and the Fort Miles Artillery Park. The museum tells the story of Fort Miles, a key piece of our nation's coastal defense, from World War II through the early 1970’s.

The history of Fort Miles exemplifies America’s call to action to stem the tide of war against German invasions along the Atlantic Seaboard that, at the onset of World War II, appeared virtually unstoppable. The gun batteries of Fort Miles, secret state-of-the-art installations built within the massive sand dunes of Cape Henlopen, were designed to defend against the powerful German navy.

With more than 2,500 soldiers stationed on high alert, the heavy guns, mine fields and searchlights of Fort Miles defended the vital trade centers of Wilmington, Philadelphia, and beyond. As America moved into the cold war, the role of Fort Miles shifted to highly classified missions defending against the threat of Soviet submarine operations off our coastline.

Fort Miles is a special place for history enthusiasts, veterans, families, or anyone interested in learning about Delaware stories, Delaware heroes and Delaware’s role in WWII. Take a guided tour, enjoy an interpretive program, visit the art gallery, take in a special event, and celebrate the "greatest generation" in our nation's history.

21 centimeter guns

The Fort Miles Museum

Museum exhibits and artifacts within Battery 519, a 15,000-square-foot fortified underground chamber, bring to life Delaware’s wartime stories of submarine encounters and surrender, daring actions of civilian pilots, and hometown heroes who sacrificed for our freedom. The Museum’s collection of armaments provides visitors a unique opportunity to experience first-hand how state-of-the-art technology from an earlier day was used to defend the homeland.

The grounds of the Museum are open 8 a.m. to sunset daily. The Museum Orientation Building is open on Fridays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. March 3 – June 10 and Tuesday through Saturday June 13 – September 9. Public access to the museum is only available through guided tours and open houses.

Upcoming Events

Discover Battery 519

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

2 p.m.

Battery 519 began construction in 1941 under the threat of war. Tour the battery to learn what the threats were and how Fort Miles planned to defend the United States from them. For ages 7 and up with a paying adult. Pre-registration is required by calling (302) 644-5007.

Add to Calendar 08/21/2018 02:00 PM 08/21/2018 03:00 PM America/New_York Discover Battery 519 Battery 519 began construction in 1941 under the threat of war. Tour the battery to learn what the threats were and how Fort Miles planned to defend the United States from them. For ages 7 and up with a paying adult. Pre-registration is required by calling (302) 644-5007. Fort Miles

Fort Miles Kids Games: Parachutes of Freedom

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

10 a.m.

Calling children ages 8-12 looking for fun and learning games about the history of Fort Miles. Carry out hand signals, concealment exercises, code breaking, making firing trajectories, and much more! Limit 12. Pre-registration required by calling (302) 644-5007.

Add to Calendar 08/21/2018 10:00 AM 08/21/2018 11:00 AM America/New_York Fort Miles Kids Games: Parachutes of Freedom Calling children ages 8-12 looking for fun and learning games about the history of Fort Miles. Carry out hand signals, concealment exercises, code breaking, making firing trajectories, and much more! Limit 12. Pre-registration required by calling (302) 644-5007. Fort Miles

519 Lantern Tour

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

08 p.m.

In 1943, World War II was in full swing, but it was much different than anticipated. Tour Battery 519 by lantern light and learn about U-boats on the prowl, sailors in distress and what World War II turned out to be for soldiers stationed at Fort Miles. For ages 10 and older with a paying adult. Limit 30. Pre-registration is required by calling (302) 644-5007.

Add to Calendar 08/22/2018 08:00 PM 08/22/2018 09:30 PM America/New_York 519 Lantern Tour In 1943, World War II was in full swing, but it was much different than anticipated. Tour Battery 519 by lantern light and learn about U-boats on the prowl, sailors in distress and what World War II turned out to be for soldiers stationed at Fort Miles. For ages 10 and older with a paying adult. Limit 30. Pre-registration is required by calling (302) 644-5007. Fort Miles

Discover Battery 519

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

11 a.m.

Battery 519 began construction in 1941 under the threat of war. Tour the battery to learn what the threats were and how Fort Miles planned to defend the United States from them. For ages 7 and up with a paying adult. Pre-registration is required by calling (302) 644-5007.

Add to Calendar 08/22/2018 11:00 AM 08/22/2018 12:00 PM America/New_York Discover Battery 519 Battery 519 began construction in 1941 under the threat of war. Tour the battery to learn what the threats were and how Fort Miles planned to defend the United States from them. For ages 7 and up with a paying adult. Pre-registration is required by calling (302) 644-5007. Fort Miles

Discover Battery 519

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

2 p.m.

Battery 519 began construction in 1941 under the threat of war. Tour the battery to learn what the threats were and how Fort Miles planned to defend the United States from them. For ages 7 and up with a paying adult. Pre-registration is required by calling (302) 644-5007.

Add to Calendar 08/22/2018 02:00 PM 08/22/2018 03:00 PM America/New_York Discover Battery 519 Battery 519 began construction in 1941 under the threat of war. Tour the battery to learn what the threats were and how Fort Miles planned to defend the United States from them. For ages 7 and up with a paying adult. Pre-registration is required by calling (302) 644-5007. Fort Miles

Artillery Demonstration

Thursday, August 23, 2018

12:30 p.m.

Join our historic interpreters as they show the basics of loading and firing one of our artillery pieces!

Add to Calendar 08/23/2018 12:30 PM 08/23/2018 01:00 PM America/New_York Artillery Demonstration Join our historic interpreters as they show the basics of loading and firing one of our artillery pieces! Fort Miles

Discover Battery 519

Thursday, August 23, 2018

11 a.m.

Battery 519 began construction in 1941 under the threat of war. Tour the battery to learn what the threats were and how Fort Miles planned to defend the United States from them. For ages 7 and up with a paying adult. Pre-registration is required by calling (302) 644-5007.

Add to Calendar 08/23/2018 11:00 AM 08/23/2018 12:00 PM America/New_York Discover Battery 519 Battery 519 began construction in 1941 under the threat of war. Tour the battery to learn what the threats were and how Fort Miles planned to defend the United States from them. For ages 7 and up with a paying adult. Pre-registration is required by calling (302) 644-5007. Fort Miles

Discover Battery 519

Thursday, August 23, 2018

2 p.m.

Battery 519 began construction in 1941 under the threat of war. Tour the battery to learn what the threats were and how Fort Miles planned to defend the United States from them. For ages 7 and up with a paying adult. Pre-registration is required by calling (302) 644-5007.

Add to Calendar 08/23/2018 02:00 PM 08/23/2018 03:00 PM America/New_York Discover Battery 519 Battery 519 began construction in 1941 under the threat of war. Tour the battery to learn what the threats were and how Fort Miles planned to defend the United States from them. For ages 7 and up with a paying adult. Pre-registration is required by calling (302) 644-5007. Fort Miles

Cold War Bike Tour

Friday, August 24, 2018

10:30 a.m.

Ride along with a park historian to see the Cold War relics in Cape Henlopen. Hear tales of Doomsday ships, spies, Soviet submarine tracking and more. [begin bold] Please bring your own bike [end bold]. For ages 10 and older with an adult. Limit 30. Please call (302) 644-5007 to pre-register.

Add to Calendar 08/24/2018 10:30 AM 08/24/2018 12:00 PM America/New_York Cold War Bike Tour Ride along with a park historian to see the Cold War relics in Cape Henlopen. Hear tales of Doomsday ships, spies, Soviet submarine tracking and more. [begin bold] Please bring your own bike [end bold]. For ages 10 and older with an adult. Limit 30. Please call (302) 644-5007 to pre-register. Fort Miles

Discover Battery 519

Friday, August 24, 2018

2 p.m.

Battery 519 began construction in 1941 under the threat of war. Tour the battery to learn what the threats were and how Fort Miles planned to defend the United States from them. For ages 7 and up with a paying adult. Pre-registration is required by calling (302) 644-5007.

Add to Calendar 08/24/2018 02:00 PM 08/24/2018 03:00 PM America/New_York Discover Battery 519 Battery 519 began construction in 1941 under the threat of war. Tour the battery to learn what the threats were and how Fort Miles planned to defend the United States from them. For ages 7 and up with a paying adult. Pre-registration is required by calling (302) 644-5007. Fort Miles

Discover Battery 519

Saturday, August 25, 2018

11 a.m.

Battery 519 began construction in 1941 under the threat of war. Tour the battery to learn what the threats were and how Fort Miles planned to defend the United States from them. For ages 7 and up with a paying adult. Pre-registration is required by calling (302) 644-5007.

Add to Calendar 08/25/2018 11:00 AM 08/25/2018 12:00 PM America/New_York Discover Battery 519 Battery 519 began construction in 1941 under the threat of war. Tour the battery to learn what the threats were and how Fort Miles planned to defend the United States from them. For ages 7 and up with a paying adult. Pre-registration is required by calling (302) 644-5007. Fort Miles

Discover Battery 519

Saturday, August 25, 2018

2 p.m.

Battery 519 began construction in 1941 under the threat of war. Tour the battery to learn what the threats were and how Fort Miles planned to defend the United States from them. For ages 7 and up with a paying adult. Pre-registration is required by calling (302) 644-5007.

Add to Calendar 08/25/2018 02:00 PM 08/25/2018 03:00 PM America/New_York Discover Battery 519 Battery 519 began construction in 1941 under the threat of war. Tour the battery to learn what the threats were and how Fort Miles planned to defend the United States from them. For ages 7 and up with a paying adult. Pre-registration is required by calling (302) 644-5007. Fort Miles

Truckin' Through History

Saturday, August 25, 2018

6 p.m.

Take a ride on an historic WWII troop carrying truck as we tour the park looking at some of the lesser-known remains of Fort Miles. Tours meet at the campground, and tickets go on sale at the Fort Miles Orientation Building each Saturday morning on a first-come, first serve basis. For ages 7 and up with a paying adult. Maximum of four tickets per group. Limit 12 per ride.

Add to Calendar 08/25/2018 06:00 PM 08/25/2018 07:00 PM America/New_York Truckin' Through History Take a ride on an historic WWII troop carrying truck as we tour the park looking at some of the lesser-known remains of Fort Miles. Tours meet at the campground, and tickets go on sale at the Fort Miles Orientation Building each Saturday morning on a first-come, first serve basis. For ages 7 and up with a paying adult. Maximum of four tickets per group. Limit 12 per ride. Fort Miles

Truckin' Through History

Saturday, August 25, 2018

7:30 p.m.

Take a ride on an historic WWII troop carrying truck as we tour the park looking at some of the lesser-known remains of Fort Miles. Tours meet at the campground, and tickets go on sale at the Fort Miles Orientation Building each Saturday morning on a first-come, first serve basis. For ages 7 and up with a paying adult. Maximum of four tickets per group. Limit 12 per ride.

Add to Calendar 08/25/2018 07:30 PM 08/25/2018 08:30 PM America/New_York Truckin' Through History Take a ride on an historic WWII troop carrying truck as we tour the park looking at some of the lesser-known remains of Fort Miles. Tours meet at the campground, and tickets go on sale at the Fort Miles Orientation Building each Saturday morning on a first-come, first serve basis. For ages 7 and up with a paying adult. Maximum of four tickets per group. Limit 12 per ride. Fort Miles

Discover Battery 519

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

2 p.m.

Battery 519 began construction in 1941 under the threat of war. Tour the battery to learn what the threats were and how Fort Miles planned to defend the United States from them. For ages 7 and up with a paying adult. Pre-registration is required by calling (302) 644-5007.

Add to Calendar 08/28/2018 02:00 PM 08/28/2018 03:00 PM America/New_York Discover Battery 519 Battery 519 began construction in 1941 under the threat of war. Tour the battery to learn what the threats were and how Fort Miles planned to defend the United States from them. For ages 7 and up with a paying adult. Pre-registration is required by calling (302) 644-5007. Fort Miles

Fort Miles Kids Games: Cover and Conceal

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

10 a.m.

Calling children ages 8-12 looking for fun and learning games about the history of Fort Miles. Carry out hand signals, concealment exercises, code breaking, making firing trajectories, and much more! Limit 12. Pre-registration required by calling (302) 644-5007.

Add to Calendar 08/28/2018 10:00 AM 08/28/2018 11:00 AM America/New_York Fort Miles Kids Games: Cover and Conceal Calling children ages 8-12 looking for fun and learning games about the history of Fort Miles. Carry out hand signals, concealment exercises, code breaking, making firing trajectories, and much more! Limit 12. Pre-registration required by calling (302) 644-5007. Fort Miles

519 Lantern Tour

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

08 p.m.

In 1943, World War II was in full swing, but it was much different than anticipated. Tour Battery 519 by lantern light and learn about U-boats on the prowl, sailors in distress and what World War II turned out to be for soldiers stationed at Fort Miles. For ages 10 and older with a paying adult. Limit 30. Pre-registration is required by calling (302) 644-5007.

Add to Calendar 08/29/2018 08:00 PM 08/29/2018 09:30 PM America/New_York 519 Lantern Tour In 1943, World War II was in full swing, but it was much different than anticipated. Tour Battery 519 by lantern light and learn about U-boats on the prowl, sailors in distress and what World War II turned out to be for soldiers stationed at Fort Miles. For ages 10 and older with a paying adult. Limit 30. Pre-registration is required by calling (302) 644-5007. Fort Miles

Discover Battery 519

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

11 a.m.

Battery 519 began construction in 1941 under the threat of war. Tour the battery to learn what the threats were and how Fort Miles planned to defend the United States from them. For ages 7 and up with a paying adult. Pre-registration is required by calling (302) 644-5007.

Add to Calendar 08/29/2018 11:00 AM 08/29/2018 12:00 PM America/New_York Discover Battery 519 Battery 519 began construction in 1941 under the threat of war. Tour the battery to learn what the threats were and how Fort Miles planned to defend the United States from them. For ages 7 and up with a paying adult. Pre-registration is required by calling (302) 644-5007. Fort Miles

Discover Battery 519

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

2 p.m.

Battery 519 began construction in 1941 under the threat of war. Tour the battery to learn what the threats were and how Fort Miles planned to defend the United States from them. For ages 7 and up with a paying adult. Pre-registration is required by calling (302) 644-5007.

Add to Calendar 08/29/2018 02:00 PM 08/29/2018 03:00 PM America/New_York Discover Battery 519 Battery 519 began construction in 1941 under the threat of war. Tour the battery to learn what the threats were and how Fort Miles planned to defend the United States from them. For ages 7 and up with a paying adult. Pre-registration is required by calling (302) 644-5007. Fort Miles

Discover Battery 519

Thursday, August 30, 2018

11 a.m.

Battery 519 began construction in 1941 under the threat of war. Tour the battery to learn what the threats were and how Fort Miles planned to defend the United States from them. For ages 7 and up with a paying adult. Pre-registration is required by calling (302) 644-5007.

Add to Calendar 08/30/2018 11:00 AM 08/30/2018 12:00 PM America/New_York Discover Battery 519 Battery 519 began construction in 1941 under the threat of war. Tour the battery to learn what the threats were and how Fort Miles planned to defend the United States from them. For ages 7 and up with a paying adult. Pre-registration is required by calling (302) 644-5007. Fort Miles

Discover Battery 519

Thursday, August 30, 2018

2 p.m.

Battery 519 began construction in 1941 under the threat of war. Tour the battery to learn what the threats were and how Fort Miles planned to defend the United States from them. For ages 7 and up with a paying adult. Pre-registration is required by calling (302) 644-5007.

Add to Calendar 08/30/2018 02:00 PM 08/30/2018 03:00 PM America/New_York Discover Battery 519 Battery 519 began construction in 1941 under the threat of war. Tour the battery to learn what the threats were and how Fort Miles planned to defend the United States from them. For ages 7 and up with a paying adult. Pre-registration is required by calling (302) 644-5007. Fort Miles

Cold War Bike Tour

Friday, August 31, 2018

10:30 a.m.

Ride along with a park historian to see the Cold War relics in Cape Henlopen. Hear tales of Doomsday ships, spies, Soviet submarine tracking and more. [begin bold] Please bring your own bike [end bold]. For ages 10 and older with an adult. Limit 30. Please call (302) 644-5007 to pre-register.

Add to Calendar 08/31/2018 10:30 AM 08/31/2018 12:00 PM America/New_York Cold War Bike Tour Ride along with a park historian to see the Cold War relics in Cape Henlopen. Hear tales of Doomsday ships, spies, Soviet submarine tracking and more. [begin bold] Please bring your own bike [end bold]. For ages 10 and older with an adult. Limit 30. Please call (302) 644-5007 to pre-register. Fort Miles

Discover Battery 519

Friday, August 31, 2018

2 p.m.

Battery 519 began construction in 1941 under the threat of war. Tour the battery to learn what the threats were and how Fort Miles planned to defend the United States from them. For ages 7 and up with a paying adult. Pre-registration is required by calling (302) 644-5007.

Add to Calendar 08/31/2018 02:00 PM 08/31/2018 03:00 PM America/New_York Discover Battery 519 Battery 519 began construction in 1941 under the threat of war. Tour the battery to learn what the threats were and how Fort Miles planned to defend the United States from them. For ages 7 and up with a paying adult. Pre-registration is required by calling (302) 644-5007. Fort Miles

Discover Battery 519

Saturday, September 1, 2018

11 a.m.

Battery 519 began construction in 1941 under the threat of war. Tour the battery to learn what the threats were and how Fort Miles planned to defend the United States from them. For ages 7 and up with a paying adult. Pre-registration is required by calling (302) 644-5007.

Add to Calendar 09/01/2018 11:00 AM 09/01/2018 12:00 PM America/New_York Discover Battery 519 Battery 519 began construction in 1941 under the threat of war. Tour the battery to learn what the threats were and how Fort Miles planned to defend the United States from them. For ages 7 and up with a paying adult. Pre-registration is required by calling (302) 644-5007. Fort Miles

Discover Battery 519

Saturday, September 1, 2018

2 p.m.

Battery 519 began construction in 1941 under the threat of war. Tour the battery to learn what the threats were and how Fort Miles planned to defend the United States from them. For ages 7 and up with a paying adult. Pre-registration is required by calling (302) 644-5007.

Add to Calendar 09/01/2018 02:00 PM 09/01/2018 03:00 PM America/New_York Discover Battery 519 Battery 519 began construction in 1941 under the threat of war. Tour the battery to learn what the threats were and how Fort Miles planned to defend the United States from them. For ages 7 and up with a paying adult. Pre-registration is required by calling (302) 644-5007. Fort Miles

Discover Battery 519

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

2 p.m.

Battery 519 began construction in 1941 under the threat of war. Tour the battery to learn what the threats were and how Fort Miles planned to defend the United States from them. For ages 7 and up with a paying adult. Pre-registration is required by calling (302) 644-5007.

Add to Calendar 09/04/2018 02:00 PM 09/04/2018 03:00 PM America/New_York Discover Battery 519 Battery 519 began construction in 1941 under the threat of war. Tour the battery to learn what the threats were and how Fort Miles planned to defend the United States from them. For ages 7 and up with a paying adult. Pre-registration is required by calling (302) 644-5007. Fort Miles

Discover Battery 519

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

11 a.m.

Battery 519 began construction in 1941 under the threat of war. Tour the battery to learn what the threats were and how Fort Miles planned to defend the United States from them. For ages 7 and up with a paying adult. Pre-registration is required by calling (302) 644-5007.

Add to Calendar 09/05/2018 11:00 AM 09/05/2018 12:00 PM America/New_York Discover Battery 519 Battery 519 began construction in 1941 under the threat of war. Tour the battery to learn what the threats were and how Fort Miles planned to defend the United States from them. For ages 7 and up with a paying adult. Pre-registration is required by calling (302) 644-5007. Fort Miles

Discover Battery 519

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

2 p.m.

Battery 519 began construction in 1941 under the threat of war. Tour the battery to learn what the threats were and how Fort Miles planned to defend the United States from them. For ages 7 and up with a paying adult. Pre-registration is required by calling (302) 644-5007.

Add to Calendar 09/05/2018 02:00 PM 09/05/2018 03:00 PM America/New_York Discover Battery 519 Battery 519 began construction in 1941 under the threat of war. Tour the battery to learn what the threats were and how Fort Miles planned to defend the United States from them. For ages 7 and up with a paying adult. Pre-registration is required by calling (302) 644-5007. Fort Miles

Discover Battery 519

Thursday, September 6, 2018

11 a.m.

Battery 519 began construction in 1941 under the threat of war. Tour the battery to learn what the threats were and how Fort Miles planned to defend the United States from them. For ages 7 and up with a paying adult. Pre-registration is required by calling (302) 644-5007.

Add to Calendar 09/06/2018 11:00 AM 09/06/2018 12:00 PM America/New_York Discover Battery 519 Battery 519 began construction in 1941 under the threat of war. Tour the battery to learn what the threats were and how Fort Miles planned to defend the United States from them. For ages 7 and up with a paying adult. Pre-registration is required by calling (302) 644-5007. Fort Miles

Discover Battery 519

Thursday, September 6, 2018

2 p.m.

Battery 519 began construction in 1941 under the threat of war. Tour the battery to learn what the threats were and how Fort Miles planned to defend the United States from them. For ages 7 and up with a paying adult. Pre-registration is required by calling (302) 644-5007.

Add to Calendar 09/06/2018 02:00 PM 09/06/2018 03:00 PM America/New_York Discover Battery 519 Battery 519 began construction in 1941 under the threat of war. Tour the battery to learn what the threats were and how Fort Miles planned to defend the United States from them. For ages 7 and up with a paying adult. Pre-registration is required by calling (302) 644-5007. Fort Miles

Discover Battery 519

Friday, September 7, 2018

2 p.m.

Battery 519 began construction in 1941 under the threat of war. Tour the battery to learn what the threats were and how Fort Miles planned to defend the United States from them. For ages 7 and up with a paying adult. Pre-registration is required by calling (302) 644-5007.

Add to Calendar 09/07/2018 02:00 PM 09/07/2018 03:00 PM America/New_York Discover Battery 519 Battery 519 began construction in 1941 under the threat of war. Tour the battery to learn what the threats were and how Fort Miles planned to defend the United States from them. For ages 7 and up with a paying adult. Pre-registration is required by calling (302) 644-5007. Fort Miles