Film/Lecture Series Resumes Saturday, January 27th

The well-received FMHA Film and Lecture Series introduced in 2017 will resume on Saturday January 27 2018 followed by a second Film/Lecture Series event on Saturday, February 24 2018.

These Film and Lecture Series presentations will take place from 1PM to 3PM on both dates and will be held in the Fort Miles Museum media room inside Battery 519. Admission is free. Please also note that seating is limited to the first 60 patrons.

Saturday, January 27th: German POW’s in America. German POW’s captured in North Africa, Sicily and Italy were transferred to internment camps throughout the U.S., including 10 in Delaware. This presentation […]

November 14th, 2017|Museum Happenings, News & Updates|0 Comments

Important Update – Happenings November and December

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

In November, the Fort Miles Museum event and tour schedule will be continue to be an active one and then operate on a limited basis during December.

THE VETERANS DAY OPEN HOUSE HELD ON NOVEMBER 11TH IS THE FINAL FORT MILES MUSEUM OPEN HOUSE FOR 2017. HOWEVER […]

October 30th, 2017|News & Updates|0 Comments

Team Effort Brings Authentic World War II Aircraft Warning Service Spotter Shed to Fort Miles

On October 11 2017 an authentic Aircraft Warning Service (“AWS”) spotter shed arrived at Fort Miles on a flatbed truck generously donated to FMHA by Coastal Towing of Lewes. This newest artifact obtained for the Fort Miles Museum was donated to the Museum by the Simmons family of Cambridge, MD.

The AWS shed was transported from its original location on Hoppers Island. Thousands of these sheds were placed along the East Coast during and manned 24 hours each day during the period 1942-1944 in an effort to spot German aircraft that might threaten the United States mainland. The Aircraft Warning Service […]

October 16th, 2017|News & Updates|0 Comments

WRDE Report: Major improvements coming to Fort Miles

(LEWES, Del.) – On Monday night some gathered at the Lewes Public Library to see the upgrades that will be made at Fort Miles Museum at the Cape Henlopen State Park.Dr. Gary Wray is the president of the Fort Miles Historical Association and has been working many years to improve Fort Miles.

“Quite frankly what we are offering is an improved road system.a new parking lot, because we need more parking in Cape Henlopen state park and a new outdoor venue that we will add on to our fort miles museum where we can offer wedding and reunions,” said Dr. Wray.

A […]

October 16th, 2017|News & Updates|0 Comments

HAPPENINGS OCTOBER AND NOVEMBER

THE FMHA “Museum Happenings” is published monthly to keep you up-to-date on Happenings at the Fort Miles Museum.  This blog focuses on OCTOBER  AND NOVEMBER 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.

The Fort Miles Museum event and tour schedule has transitioned from summer to fall.  The FMHA conducted tours, which were new this summer, concluded on August 27th.

The FMHA summer season wound down with our final event of the season, the 2nd annual “In Remberance of VJ […]

September 29th, 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 2nd, 2017|News & Updates|0 Comments

TOWER 3 RESTORATION BEGINS

Click here to see the complete album.

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

THE ART OF FORT MILES GALLERY

Artists’ works from The Art of Fort Miles Gallery featuring Howard Schroeder and the new Battery 519 Artist’s Gallery are now on the website. Click (here) to to view just some of the art that is on display in these galleries.

August 1st, 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