The Museum and Artillery Park
Upon registering in the Orientation Building, visitors walk through the Artillery Park displaying samples of the artillery guns positioned at Fort Miles. The feature display within the Artillery Park is a 16-inch gun like the ones located in Battery Smith at Fort Miles. The barrel of the 16-inch gun is an original barrel from the USS Missouri. History buffs will recall that the Japanese surrender ending the Paciﬁc Theatre War took place on the Missouri on September 2 1945.
Upon entering the Museum and Battery 519, visitors can see:
The Shell Room, which displays the projectiles ﬁred by the 12-inch gun housed in the South Gun Room and demonstrates how the projectiles were moved to the Gun Room.
The Powder Room, which displays sample 70-pound powder bags used to ignite the 12-inch gun, as well as a powder cart.
The Plotting Room, which features a plotting table used to calculate the required trajectory of ﬁre in order to strike a ship entering the Delaware Bay.
The Wall of Honor Room, which houses a Wall of Honor dedicated to United States Army men and women stationed at Fort Miles as well as those who served their country in other wars and conﬂicts.
The North Gun Room, which displays the types of mines used at Fort Miles to protect the entrance to the Delaware Bay. A history of the Civil Air Patrol (CAP) and the unit stationed at Rehoboth Airport can also be seen in the North Gun Room.
The South Gun Room, which displays a 12-inch artillery gun and the end point of an overhead rail system used to move shells to the Gun Room. Visitors are typically treated to a simulated ﬁring.
Before or after visiting Battery 517, visitors can climb Observation Tower 7, located nearby. One of 11 fire control towers located along the Delaware coast, Tower 7 offers a magnificent view of Cape Henlopen State Park. While climbing the interior staircase, visitors can visualize how azimuth telescopes were aligned with slits in the tower to to track and obtain bearings on ocean going vessels or ships in the Delaware Bay channel.
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