THE FMHA “Museum Happenings” is published monthly to keep you up to date on Happenings at the Fort Miles Museum. This blog focuses on SEPTEMBER and OCTOBER 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.

The Fort Miles Museum event and tour schedule is transitioning from summer to fall. The FMHA conducted tours, which were new this summer, concluded on August 27th. These Sunday tours were well received and enabled many additional visitors to tour Battery 519 this summer.

The FMHA summer season wound down with our final event of the season, the 2nd annual “In Remberance of VJ Day” ceremony. FMHA honored Harold Knowles, a WWII veteran who served at Fort Miles; Robert Sauppee, a WWII veteran who was present on the USS Missouri on September 2 1945 for the Japanese surrender to the Allied Forces; and Jack Bolin, a veteran and dedicated FMHA Bunker Buster, who passed away earlier this year. Thanks to DNREC Secretary Shawn Garvin for his remarks, as well as our featured speaker, Cindy Todd, Project Coordinator for Delaware State Parks. Thanks too to Representatives Ruth Briggs King and Steve Smyk for their attendance and kind words regarding FMHA and Fort Miles. Members of the Sauppee and Bolin families attended the ceremony in honor of their loved ones.

FALL TOURS, EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES

Discovery Battery 519:
TUESDAY – SATURDAY ending September 9th and FRIDAY – SATURDAY, commencing September 15 and continuing through November 18. Note: No tours on October 27 and 28.

Guided tours of the Artillery Park and Battery 519 are led by Delaware State Parks’ interpretative guides throughout September, October and into November. These tours will be conducted at 11AM and 2PM and form at the Fort Miles Historical Area Orientation Building. Call 302-644-5007 for reservations and tour information.

Fall Open House SATURDAY, OCTOBER 28TH. The annual FMHA/DSP will enable visitors to tour Battery 519. Knowledgeable FMHA docents will be on hand to guide visitor’s through the Museum’s many exhibits. In addition “The Art of Fort Miles” gallery featuring paintings by Howard Schroeder, Abraxus and Mary Marshall will be open, as well as the new “Battery 519 Visiting Artists” gallery. The Visiting Artists gallery currently features the military aircraft paintings of local artist Paul Rendel.

Schroeder: An Artist at Fort Miles. SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, OCTOBER 14 AND 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. These 12:15 PM tours also form 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 in September and October are held on 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 fall Bike Tour takes place on October 21st at 10AM.

Cold War Bike Tour: A park historian will accompany riders and relate tales of Doomsday ships, spies, Soviet submarine tracking and more. These tours are offered on Saturday September 16 and Saturday October 14 at 10:30AM. Bring your bike!

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

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

29th Children’s Fantasy Tail: October 27 and 28, 6-8PM and October 29, 6-7:30PM.

Walking the Warner Giant, September 16, 11AM

Sunset Gordons Pond Trail Hike, September 27, 6PM

Hike the Point, October 1, 11AM

Campfire Program: Night Sounds, October 7, 6PM

Leaf Peeper Hike, October 21, 11AM

Feeding Frenzy, Saturdays, 3:30 PM

Bird Walks, Tuesdays through October 17, 8AM

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.