Lying amidst rolling sand dunes at Cape Henlopen State Park, on a high bank overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, is the Fort Miles Historical Area, a former World War II military base that was a key piece of our nation’s coastal defense from World War II through the early 1970s. Today, Fort Miles is home to the Fort Miles Museum, encompassing a gun battery, six barracks buildings, a fire control tower, an orientation building, and an artillery park. Don’t miss these essential experiences at Fort Miles.
Take a Guided Tour of Batter 519
Experience a historic gun bunker! Battery 519 began construction in 1941 under the threat of war. Tour the battery to learn what the threats were, and how Fort Miles planned to defend the United States.
Climb Tower 7
Climb to the top of Tower 7, or the Observation Tower, for a panoramic view of the entire park! Discover the purpose of these iconic towers, and how they played an important role in WWII coastal defense.
Take a Trucking Through History Tour
Board an authentic WWII-era troop transport truck, and see the park from a new perspective! Learn how the different parts of Fort Miles worked together to defend Delaware’s coast.
Watch the Artillery Demonstration
Walkthrough the Artillery Park, and watch a demonstration. You’ll feel the power of the artillery that protected the Delaware Bay during WWII, and learn how coastal artillery operated.