Visiting the Fort Miles Museum and Historical Area
The Fort Miles Museum and Historical Area is located in Cape Henlopen State Park, due east of the Cape May – Lewes Ferry Terminal and the City of Lewes, DE.
Additional information regarding Cape Henlopen State Park (“CHSP”) can be found at the Delaware State Parks’ website.
2017 Winter and Early Spring Tours of the Fort Miles Museum
The Fort Miles Museum is comprised of the main Museum building located in Battery 519, the Artillery Park leading to the entrance of Battery 519 and the Cantonment Area, which begins at the parking area for Fort Miles.DISCOVER BATTERY 519 TOURS
Saturday, February 18 at 11AM and 2PM. These tours will be conducted by trained Delaware State Park interpretative guides and include the primary Museum exhibits inside Battery 519.
These tours will be repeated each Friday and Saturday in March commencing March 3rd (3/3, 3/4, 3/10, 3/11, 3/17, 3/18, 3/24, 3/25, 3/31). Additional tours are scheduled for both April and May (Fridays: 4/7, 4/14, 4121, 5/5, 5/12, 5/19, 5/26; Saturdays: 4/8, 4/15, 4/22, 5/6, 5/13, 5/20, 5/27).
There is a 30 person limit per tour and reservations are accepted in advance by calling the CHSP Nature Center (302-645-6852). Tour admission is $5 per person. Children under 7 free.
These tours start at the Fort Miles Cantonment Area Orientation Building.
MUSEUM OPEN HOUSES AND WORLD WAR II FILM/LECTURE SERIES
Saturday, February 28, 10AM – 3PM. Visitors attending the Open House will enter through the main Museum building, Battery 519, with trained Fort Miles Historical Association (“FMHA”) docents on hand to provide information regarding Battery 519’s history and exhibits. The exhibits include the paintings of local military and landscape artist Paul Rendel. Mr. Rendel’s original works and prints will be available for purchase. Battery 519 can be reached by walking/biking through the Museum’s outdoor Artillery Park.
WWII Film/Lecture Series. At 1PM, the second of the new FMHA film and lecture series will feature the story of the German Submarine attacks off the East Coast of the U.S. during WWII and the capture of U858, which was brought to Fort Miles for its final surrender. Open House visitors can also see the Fort Miles Art Gallery displaying the paintings of Howard Schroeder, which Mr. Schroeder painted while stationed at Fort Miles.
Admission to the Open House is $5 per person, with children under 7 free. All proceeds will be used by FMHA to further enhance and expand the Fort Miles Museum. The newly expanded Fort Miles Museum Gift Shop will also be open throughout the Open House. Admission to the Film and Lecture to be conducted at 1PM is free to the public. Those wishing only to attend the film and lecture should plan to arrive 15-30 minutes before the 1PM starting time.
Additional Open Houses are scheduled as follows:
Saturday, March 25, 10AM – 3PM, with the Film/Lecture Series starting at 3PM. The film/lecture will be The Doolittle Raid.
Saturday, April 29, 10AM – 3PM, with the Film/Lecture Series starting at 1PM. The film/lecture will be The Battle of Midway. This Open House is a combined effort of Delaware State Parks and FMHA featuring WWII re-enactors, both U.S. and German with a number of events scheduled throughout the day. Admission to Battery 519 is reduced to $3 per person for this event only.
Saturday, May 27, 10AM – 3PM, with the Film/Lecture Series starting at 3PM. The film/lecture will be The Bombing of Europe.
BATTERY 519 LANTERN TOURS
Tour Battery 519 by lantern light with trained Delaware State Parks interpretative guides and learn about German U-boats on the prowl, sailors in distress and descriptions of a soldier’s life at Fort Miles during WWII. The Lantern Tours are for ages 10 and older, with a paying adult. Limit 30. Pre-registration is required by calling 302-645-6852. The tour fee is $5b per person.
Lantern Tour Dates and Times:
- Saturday, March 18, 6:30PM
- Saturday, April 15, 7:30PM
- Saturday, May 13, 8:00PM
- Saturday, May 27, 8:00PM
Meet at the Orientation Building located within the Fort Miles Museum Cantonment Area.
MUSEUM SCHROEDER ART GALLERY TOURS
Delaware State Parks historic interpreters provide insightful analysis into the works of Howard Schroeder, which Mr. Schroeder painted while stationed at Fort Miles during WWII. Schroeder captured many sights and scenes of military life at Fort Miles, including his own as a member of a Coast Artillery mine planting unit. The Art Gallery tours are for ages 13 and older. Children of ages 13-17 must be accompanied by an adult. The tour fee is $5 per person with pre-registration required (please call 302-645-6852).
SINGLE EVENT TOURS
History Hike, Saturday, April 1, 12:15PM. Bring your walking shoes as a Park Historian leads you across the sandy trail to the Delaware Bay. See World War II relics, learn about the Delaware Breakwater Quarantine Station and hear tales of pirates. Ages 10 and older with an adult. Limit 30, with pre-registration required (please call 302-645-6852). Free!
Fire Power Tour, Saturday, May 19, 7:30PM. Join Delaware State Parks’ historic interpreters for an early evening walk around the Fort Miles Museum Artillery Park. The interpreters will explain the uses for the different types of artillery that were positioned around Fort Miles during World War II. Ages 7 and older with an adult. Limit 30. Free!
Cold War Bike Tour, Saturday, May 6, 10:00AM. Ride along with a Park Historian to see Cold War relics. Hear tales of Doomsday ships, spies, Soviet submarine tracking and more. Please bring your own bike. Ages 10 and older with an adult. Limit 30, with pre-registration required (please call 302-645-6852). Free!
Note: All fees pertain to tours only. In season, there is an fee to enter Cape Henlopen State Park.