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

JANUARY 2018: Fort Miles Historical Association Film/Lecture Series Resumes!

Saturday, January 27th, 1PM: 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 will focus on the camps in Delaware, including Fort Miles and the main camp at Fort DuPont. A POW painting recently loaned to FMHA by a former Fort Miles PBX operator, Lydia Wagamon, creates a Sussex County connection to this little known story of the German soldiers interred in our back yard.

Tours of Battery 519 will also be available on January 27th. Battery 519 will be open starting at 11AM in plenty of time for visitors to purchase tickets for the day’s first tour, which will start at 11:30AM.   Visitors will be guided through Battery 519 by FMHA docents. The tour admission price is $5 for adults and children over 7. A $15 family rate is available. Additional tours will be offered at Noon and every 30 minutes thereafter, with the last tour commencing at 2:00PM.

All Film/Lecture Series events are free to the public. The January, February and March presentations (please see dates below) will be held in the Media Room, Battery 519, Fort Miles Museum. Enter Battery 519 through the Fort Miles Museum Artillery Park. Seating is limited – no advance reservations. For additional information call 302-645-0753.

SAVE THE DATES: FMHA Film and Lecture Series Presentations for February and March:

Saturday, February 24th, 1PM: Operation Drumbeat: German U-Boats in America
U-Boat attacks off the east coast of the U.S. were much more deadly than known by most Americans. This program will focus on German U-Boats U-123 and U-166. U-123 attacked shipping near Rehoboth Beach DE in January, 1942.

Saturday, March 24th, 1PM: U.S. Marines – The Battle for Iowa Jima
Though well known for the iconic photograph of the U. S. Marines raising the flag at Iowa Jima, the importance of this victory is often overlooked as it related to the ultimate Japanese surrender.

ADDITIONAL FORT MILES MUSEUM TOUR DATES IN JANUARY AND FEBRUARY. In addition to the tours offered on January 27th and February 24th, there are several opportunities to tour The Fort Miles Museum with knowledgeable Delaware State Parks’ docents.

DISCOVER BATTERY 519:

SATURDAY’S IN JANUARY – 1/13: 11AM & 2PM; 1/20: 2PM
SATURDAY’S IN FEBRUARY – 2/10: 11AM & 2PM; 2/17: 2PM

Discovery Battery 519: As noted above, guided tours of the Artillery Park and Battery 519 are led by Delaware State Parks’ interpretative guides. These tours form at the Fort Miles Historical Area Orientation Building. Call 302-644-5007 for reservations and tour information.

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 will be conducted on Saturday, January 20th at 5:00PM and Saturday, February 17th at 5:30PM.

OTHER EVENTS AND PROGRAMS Offered in January and February at Cape Henlopen State Park:

  • First Day Hike at the Point, Monday, January 1st, 11AM
  • Snakes, Turtles and Snow?, Saturday, January 13th, 11AM
  • Walking Through Winter, Thursday, January 18th, 10:30AM
  • Seals at the Beach, Saturday, January 27th and February 24th, 11AM
  • Day After Groundhog Day Hike, Saturday, February 3rd, 11AM
  • Storming the Beach Hike, Saturday, February 10th, 11AM
  • Seals on the Seashore, Thursday, February 15th, 10:30AM

To learn more about the programs listed above, including age restrictions and certain pre-registration requirements, and for information on other Cape Henlopen State Park programs visit the Delaware State Parks website (destateparks.com) or call 302-645-6852.