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 THERE ARE STILL MUSEUM TOURS AVAILABLE FOR THE REMAINDER OF NOVEMBER AND IN DECEMBER. IN ADDITION THE FMHA FILM/LECTURE SERIES WILL RESUME JANUARY 27 2018 (PLEASE SEE BELOW).

TOUR DATES IN NOVEMBER AND DECEMBER. There are multiple additional opportunities to tour The Fort Miles Museum with knowledgeable Delaware State Parks’ docents.

DISCOVER BATTERY 519: November: FRIDAY’S AND SATURDAY’S, continuing through November 18 and SATURDAYS IN December – 12/9: 11AM & 2PM; 12/16: 2PM

Discovery Battery 519: As noted above, guided tours of the Artillery Park and Battery 519 are led by Delaware State Parks’ interpretative guides in November and December. These tours will be conducted at 11AM (except 12/16) and 2PM and form at the Fort Miles Historical Area Orientation Building. Call 302-644-5007 for reservations and tour information.

SCHROEDER: AN ARTIST AT FORT MILES: SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 18. A Delaware State Parks’ interpretative guide will conduct a detailed tour and review of the works painted by Howard Schroeder, while stationed at Fort Miles during WWII. This 12:15 PM tour also forms at the Fort Miles Historical Area Orientation Building. Pre-registration is required by calling 302-645-6852.

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 on Saturday, November 4th at 5:30PM and Saturday, December 16th at 4:30PM.

Call 302-644-5007 for details regarding tours of the Fort Miles Museum and Historical Area.

Other Events and Programs Offered in November at Cape Henlopen State Park:

  • Feeding Frenzy, Saturday’s through November 18, 3:30 PM
  • Park in the Dark Exploration, Friday, November 3, 7PM
  • Squid Dissection, Saturday, November 25, 2PM
  • Wonders of the Night, Friday, November 17, 7PM
  • Hibernation Preparation, Saturday, November 11, 11 AM
  • Cranberry Bog Trail Hike, Saturday, November 25, 11AM
  • Pre-School Nature Program, November 26 (call for time)

To learn more about the 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.

Save the Dates: FMHA Film and Lecture Series – Initial 2018 Presentations

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 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.

Saturday, February 24th: 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.

For more information call 302-645-0753 and visit this website in early January for additional details.