Lewes in Sussex County, Delaware — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Fort Miles in World War II
Welcome to Fort Miles Historic Area
Just before World War II, the U.S. War Department began upgrades of the harbor defenses that protect the Delaware Bay. They built new fortifications here at Cape Henlopen that became known as Fort Miles. The fort grew as the members of the 261st and 21st Coast Artillery Units constructed new buildings.
After the war, the U.S. Army used the post for research and development, and this cantonment area became a recreational post. In 1964, the Army gave the first parcel of Fort Miles to the state of Delaware, creating Cape Henlopen State Park. The Army continued to turn over land, with the last parcel coming in 1996.
Eventually, the fort housed 2,300 soldiers, guns that could fire more than 25 miles out to sea, and the second largest underwater minefield along the east coast of the United States.
Delaware State Parks, in partnership with the Fort Miles Historical Association, is working to preserve this cantonment area, restore Battery 519 and showcase representative artillery pieces as a way to remember Delaware's role during World War II.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Forts and Castles • War, World II. In addition, it is included in the Delaware State Parks series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1964.
Location. 38° 46.646′ N, 75° 5.478′ W. Marker is in Lewes, Delaware, in Sussex County. Marker can be reached from Dune Road, half a mile Campground Road, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 37468 Dune Rd, Lewes DE 19958, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Fort Miles Historical Area (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Fort Miles Historical Area (within shouting distance of this marker); 3-Inch Gun (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Spotter House (about 500 feet away); Aircraft Warning System (about 600 feet away); Standing Guard (about 600 feet away); Fort Miles Artillery Park (about 700 feet away); 155mm Gun (about 800 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lewes.
Credits. This page was last revised on May 17, 2020. It was originally submitted on May 17, 2020, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 95 times since then and 27 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on May 17, 2020, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.