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 in time for the first tour and will close at 3PM. Tour admission is $5 per person, with children under 7 free. A family rate of $15 is also available. Delaware State Park entrance fees do apply in order to enter Cape Henlopen State Park. Throughout each week, Battery 519 tours are also available through Delaware Sate Parks (“DSP”). These tours are conducted by knowledgable DSP interpretative guides and are offered at 11AM and 2PM Tuesday – Saturday.

NOW OPEN for the remainder of the summer season is the FMHA Gift Shop kiosk located inside the Fort Miles Museum and Historical Area Orientation Building. The kiosk will have FMHA merchandise for sale as well as water and snacks. Thanks to the FMHA Bunker Busters for constructing the kiosk and to the Gift Shop volunteers for staffing the new kiosk.

FILM AND LECTURE SERIES UPDATE

OUR FIVE 2017 FILMS AND LECTURES WERE VERY WELL RECEIVED. This series will resume during the winter months starting in November. Check back here this fall for the remaining 2017-2018 schedule.

ADDITIONAL SUMMER TOURS AND ACTIVITIES

In addition to the FMHA Sunday Museum tours, there are a number of summer programs related to Fort Miles that are offered by Delaware State Parks.

Discovery Battery 519: As noted above, guided tours of the Artillery Park and Battery 519 are led by interpretative guides Tuesdays-Saturdays. These tours will be conducted at 11AM and 2PM through September 9th.

Battery 519 Lantern Tours: For a night time view of Battery 519, sign-up for a Lantern Tour offered by DSP interpretative guides. Lantern Tours in August are held on Wednesdays and Saturdays.

WWII Bike Tours: There are many WWII remains throughout Cape Henlopen State Park and a park historian will guide you to them by bike (your bike!). The final summer Bike Tour takes place on August 30th at 10AM.

Schroeder: An Artist at Fort Miles: On each Friday in August and on September 2nd, a DSP historical interpreter will lead visitors to the Howard Schroeder: The Art of Fort Miles Museum room located within Battery 519. Visitors will have an opportunity to study paintings of military life at Fort Miles painted by Howard Schroeder while he was stationed at Fort Miles during World War II. These tours start in the Orientation Building at 12:15PM.

Artillery Park Walk: Join a DSP historical interpreter every Tuesday in August for a morning walking tour of the Fort Miles Artillery Park. Learn about the various artillery pieces that helped protect the entrance to the Delaware Bay, as well as enjoying great views of the Atlantic Ocean. Meet at the Fort Miles Museum and Historical Area Orientation Building at 8:30.

Artillery Demonstration: Each Thursday in August a DSP historical interpreter will explain and demonstrate the basics of loading and firing an artillery piece. Meet at the Orientation Building at 12:30.

Please see the Contact & Tours tab for complete details of all of the above tours (including limitations on tour size and certain age restrictions) as well as reservation information.

In celebration of the 75th Anniversary of Battery 519, additional opportunities to learn more about the Fort Miles Museum and Historic Area include:

  • Artillery Demonstrations: Thursdays at 12:30PM.
  • Fort Miles Kids Games: Select Tuesdays as follows:
    • August 1: “Towers and Gunners”
    • August 8: “Code Breakers”
    • August 15 and August 22: “Parachutes of Freedom”
    • August 29: “Cover and Conceal”
  • Constructing Fort Miles, Wednesday, August 23
  • Fort Miles Missile Masters, Wednesday, August 29

Call 302-644-5007 for details regarding these 75th Anniversary events and all tours of the Fort Miles Museum and Historical Area.

Other Programs Offered in July and August at Cape Henlopen State Park:

  • Volunteer Trail Day, 9AM-Noon, August 12 and September 9
  • Tide-Pooling, 2PM, August 5 and August 19
  • Squid Dissection, 2PM, August 12 and August 26

To learn more about the three types of programs listed above and for information on other Cape Henlopen State Parks’ programs visit the Delaware State Parks website (destateparks.com) or call 302-645-6852.