THE FMHA “Museum Happenings” is published monthly to keep you up-to-date on Happenings at the Fort Miles Museum.  This blog focuses on JULY AND AUGUST, 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 July and August.  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.

Also new for the summer season will be the introduction of the FMHA kiosk located just outside the Fort Miles Historical Area Orientation Building.  The kiosk will have FMHA merchandise for sale as well as water and snacks.  Look for the new kiosk to be rolled out in July, with a formal announcement appearing on this website.

IMPORTANT UPDATE

OUR FIVE 2017 FILMS AND LECTURES WERE VERY WELL RECEIVED.  With the amount of travel taking place during the summer season, FMHA has decided to resume this series in the Fall.  As a result, previously scheduled FILM/LECTURE SERIES events for July and August are postponed until later in 2017.  Check back here later this summer for the revised 2017 schedule.

ADDITIONAL SUMMER TOURS AND ACTIVITIES

In addition to the Saturday and Sunday Museum tours, there are a number of summer programs related to Fort Miles that are offered by Delaware Sate 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 are conducted at 11AM and 2PM.

Battery 519 Lantern Tours:  For a night time view of Battery 519, try a Lantern Tour offered by

DSP interpretative guides.  Lantern Tours in July and 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!).  Bike Tours are available on July 26th and August 30th at 10AM.

Schroeder:  An Artist at Fort Miles:  On each Friday in July and August, 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 are offered at 12:15PM.

Artillery Park Walk:  Join a DSP historical interpreter every Tuesday in July and 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 Orientation Building at 8:30.

Artillery Demonstration:  Each Thursday 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:
    •           July 4 and August 1:  “Towers and Gunners”
    •           July 11 and August 8”  “Code Breakers”
    •           July 18, August 15 and August 22:  “Parachutes of Freedom”
    •           July 25 and August 29:  “Cover and Conceal”
  • Cold War on the Beach!, Wednesday, July 19
  • 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, July 8 and August 12

Tide-Pooling, 2PM, July 8, July 22, August 5 and August 19

Squid Dissection, 2PM, July 1, 15, 29, August 12 and August 26

Delaware State Parks also offers a variety of additional programs at CHSP throughout the summer.  To learn about these programs and for details on all of the programs listed above,visit the Delaware State Parks website (destateparks.com) for details or call 302-645-6852.