January Film & Lecture, Pearl Harbor, Draws Packed House

The Fort Miles Museum is expanding its public programming in 2017, highlighted by a new World War II Film & Lecture Series.   The Series will be a part of a monthly Museum Open House, starting on Saturday January 28th. The new programs are in addition to regularly scheduled tours of Battery 519 and the Museum’s Art Gallery.

The Fort Miles Film & Lecture Series will be moderated by Dr. Gary D. Wray, President of the Fort Miles Historical Association. Each session will include discussion of the “Delaware Connection” to the topic.  Upcoming Series topics, and […]

February 6th, 2017|News & Updates|0 Comments


THE FMHA “Museum Happenings” is published monthly to keep you up-to-date on Happenings at the Fort Miles Museum. This blog focuses on February and March, 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.

FMHA will be conducting Open Houses monthly during the months of February – May.  The Open Houses will be held from 11AM to 3PM the last Saturday of each month (February 25, March 25, April 29 and May 27).  These Open Houses and new World war […]

February 6th, 2017|Museum Happenings, News & Updates|0 Comments


Saturday, February 25 • 10am – 3pm

Fort Miles Museum | Cape Henlopen State Park

1 p.m. Presentation

Nazi Germany’s Underwater War – U-boat Attacks off Our Coastline The stories behind the surrender of U 858 at Fort Miles and salvage of  U 853 by noted Delaware businessman Melvin Joseph.
Limited seating.

Special exhibit – the Aviation Art of Paul Rendel Guided tours of Battery 519 and Schroeder Gallery

Admission $5.  Contact 302-645-0753 or for more information

Sponsored by:

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


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


February 25, 10AM – 3PM

FMHA will host additional Open Houses in March, April and May.  See “February and March Happenings” for the full schedule.

The February 25th Open House will feature a 1PM film and lecture to be conducted by FMHA President and well known local historian, Dr. Gary Wray.  Gary will discuss the World War II German submarine attacks on U.S. military and commercial ships that frequently occurred just off the coast of the United States.  The surrender of U-Boat U858 at Fort Miles on May 14 1945 will also be discussed.  U858 was the first German warship to […]

February 4th, 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


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


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.

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.

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 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


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