HAPPENINGS AUGUST AND SEPTEMBER

THE FMHA “Museum Happenings” is published monthly to keep you up-to-date on Happenings at the Fort Miles Museum. This blog focuses on AUGUST AND SEPTEMBER, and, as noted, the blog will be updated monthly (or more frequently, as needed) thereafter. The blog will also include information about other scheduled events at Cape Henlopen State Park.

With the busy SUMMER SEASON in full swing, FMHA is pleased to announce the Fort Miles Museum will be open for FMHA docent conducted tours each Sunday in August and September. Tours will be offered at 11AM, Noon and 1PM. The Museum will open at 11AM […]

August 2nd, 2017|News & Updates|0 Comments

FMHA BUNKER BUSTERS “GOT BUSY” THIS SUMMER

FMHA BUNKER BUSTERS “GOT BUSY” THIS SUMMER.  The FMHA Bunker Busters completed a number of projects this summer, while progressing others such as continuing to change out the doors and windows in the World War II barracks lining the entrance to the Fort Miles Museum and Historical Area.  To track these (pretty amazing) accomplishments, please click on the following:

  • Acquisition and Refurbishment of 90mm M2 Gun (click here)
  • Construction of Gift Shop kiosk now open in the Museum’s Orientation Building (click here)
  • Refurbishment of Shells and Test Plates (
August 1st, 2017|News & Updates|0 Comments

TOWER 3 RESTORATION BEGINS

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August 1st, 2017|News & Updates|0 Comments

SPECIAL WORLD WAR I EVENT

On August 15th continuing through August 19th, the World War I Mobile Museum will roll into Fort Miles and set-up inside Battery 519 at the Fort Miles Museum.  During its five day visit, the museum will display an array of World War I equipment and uniforms, as well as WWI memorabilia.  A series of Guest Presentations will also be offered.

While visiting the World War I Mobile Museum, visitors can also take a tour of Battery 519.

Admission to the World War I Mobile Museum is free, including the Guest Presentations.  Battery 519 tours […]

July 31st, 2017|News & Updates|0 Comments

SEPTEMBER 2ND – VJ DAY AT FORT MILES

On September 2nd FMHA will present “In remembrance of VJ Day” at the Fort Miles Museum.
The ceremony and speakers will commence at 11AM at the “Big Gun” pad located at the top of the Museum’s Artillery Park.

The ceremony will honor Horace Knowles, who was stationed at Fort Miles with the 261st Coastal Artillery from 1940 – 1944, Jack Bolin, who was a tireless and hard working FMHA “Bunker Buster” and Robert Sauppff, who was present at the surrender ceremony that took place on the USS Missouri on September 2 1945. Many will recall the Museum’s Big Gun barrel is an […]

July 31st, 2017|News & Updates|0 Comments

GOVERNOR CARNEY VISITS FORT MILES

On May 22nd, as part of his tour of Cape Henlopen State Park, Governor John Carney toured Battery 519, along with Delaware’s new Secretary of the Department of Natural Resources and Environment Control, Shawn Garvin. The Governor’s tour was hosted by Ray Bivens, Director of the Division of Parks and Recreation, and Dr Gary Wray, President of FMHA. This photograph features Governor Carney, Secretary Garvin, Director Bivens and their FMHA hosts in the South Gun Room of Battery 519.

On June 17th, FMHA was represented at the annual Delaware State Parks Friends Group meeting […]

June 29th, 2017|News & Updates|0 Comments

FMHA AND DSP ACQUIRE 90 MM GUN FOR ARTILLERY PARK

April 10th, 2017|News & Updates|0 Comments

FMHA THANKS EAGLE SCOUT CANDIDATE JOHN MADER

Scout John Mader from Troop 903 in Dover presented his Eagle Scout Project Gift to FMHA President Gary Wray on March 19, 2017 during the March FMHA Board Meeting. John’s Project consisted of the construction of display boards for Battery 519’s powder and shell rooms, as well as the construction of 4 rest benches for visitor comfort.

Scout Mader’s Eagle Scout project was a year long effort, consisting of project definition, fund raising, and leading a team peers during the construction phase. It was our pleasure to sponsor this young man in his quest to become an Eagle Scout.

April 7th, 2017|News & Updates|0 Comments

FMHA SALUTES DEPARTED VETERANS

FMHA wishes to salute and extend our sympathies to the families of Horace Knowles and Elmer Tyndall.

Horace Knowles proudly served in the U.S. Army at Fort Miles with the 261st Coastal Artillery from 1940 – 1944.  He was 95 when he passed on January 17 2017.  FMHA was honored to have Mr. Knowles present at the September 2 2016 opening of the Fort Miles Museum Artillery Park.  We thank him and his family for all of their support of FMHA over many years.

Col. Elmer (Newt) Tyndall served his country for 30 years in an Air Force career that spanned World […]

February 5th, 2017|News & Updates|0 Comments

DANIEL B LYONS III (1931 – 2016)

imageFMHA was saddened by the death of Dan Lyons, a long standing and energetic Member of the FMHA Board.

Dan passed away peacefully at home on November 5 2016. Dan’s interest in Fort Miles stemmed from his service in the United States Air Force, where he served as a Transportation Officer. Following his military service, Dan had a long and successful career in the transportation and logistics industry.

At the same time, as a result of developing an interest in volunteer fire service while attending the University of Maryland, Dan served with the Bethany […]

February 4th, 2017|News & Updates|0 Comments

TWO SUBMARINES BROUGHT WWII TO DELAWARE

By Dr. Gary D. Wray

uboatsOperation Drumbeat by the Germans was the first major attack on our homeland. We are telling that story at our Fort Miles museum, through the prism of U 853 and U 858.

The history of Fort Miles and the Fort Miles museum is closely linked to the story of two famous German WWII submarines, U 853 and its sister, U 858. Both were launched in Bremen, Germany, in 1943, and each is a key part of Fort Miles and our Fort Miles museum. This is that story.

Of all of […]

February 4th, 2017|History in Action, News & Updates|0 Comments

TIME LAPSE VIDEOS OF THE ASSEMBLY

Below are time lapse videos of the assembly of the 16-inch Missouri barrel into its new mount.

May 14. You’ll see the girder being placed at the end of the day.

https://www.facebook.com/FortMiles1942/videos/vb.1056500171049707/1191681870864869/?type=2&theater


May 16. Go ahead and look for activity around 2:30 pm (1430 hrs.). What you’ll see is a 500-ton lift crane stacking 80 tons of counter-weights to itself. It’s interesting to watch.

https://www.facebook.com/FortMiles1942/videos/vb.1056500171049707/1192897014076688/?type=2&theater


May 18. On this day, the slide was placed into the girder. It is through the slide that the barrel is placed. When the […]

June 8th, 2016|USS Missouri Gun|0 Comments

MISSOURI BARREL ASSEMBLY COMPLETED

Missouri Gun Assembly CrewAt about 4 p.m. June 1, 2016, the Missouri barrel assembly was completed and these are the guys who made it happen. There is still work to do, but the biggest part of the job is done.

June 8th, 2016|News & Updates, USS Missouri Gun|0 Comments

FORT MILES ART GALLERY OPENS

On May 14, 2016, John Schroeder cut the ribbon to the new Fort Miles art gallery, as Brax Hudson to his right, and sister, Carole and brother Rob watched. A number of Howard Schroeder paintings from his World War II period and a General Miles portrait are included inside the gallery. See more photos on Facebook.

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May 31st, 2016|Fort Miles Museum|0 Comments