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Lewes in Sussex County, Delaware — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Fort Miles Historical Area

Battery 519 Cantonment

 
 
Fort Miles Historical Area Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Devry Becker Jones, May 16, 2020
1. Fort Miles Historical Area Marker
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This small group of buildings, or cantonment, provided living space and necessary services for the troops assigned to operate the guns of Fort Miles. Concrete barracks were more comfortable than the canvas and wood structures that were first used for housing here. A supply and administration building and a recreation hall, along with a separate latrine and shower that are no longer standing, completed the complex. Each barracks building was designed to house 32 men.

These concrete block buildings are the only known examples of this type and series of World War II military buildings still standing. The military used this type of construction because of the damp, sandy conditions of Cape Henlopen and the wartime shortage of lumber.

By the end of the war, most of Fort Miles' troops had been retrained and assigned to combat in Europe and the Pacific. These buildings remained emby until the mid-1960s, when the U.S. Army started using them as vacation rentals for army staff and their families.

There were many cantonments like this at Fort Miles. Each was used to support the different gun
Fort Miles Historical Area Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Devry Becker Jones, May 16, 2020
2. Fort Miles Historical Area Marker
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batteries and the fort in general.

 
Erected by Delaware State Parks.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Forts and CastlesWar, World II. In addition, it is included in the Delaware State Parks series list.
 
Location. 38° 46.658′ N, 75° 5.464′ W. Marker is in Lewes, Delaware, in Sussex County. Marker can be reached from Dune Road, half a mile east of 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. A different marker also named Fort Miles Historical Area (here, next to this marker); Fort Miles in World War II (within shouting distance of this marker); 3-Inch Gun (within shouting distance of this marker); Spotter House (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Aircraft Warning System (about 500 feet away); Fort Miles Artillery Park (about 600 feet away); Standing Guard (about 700 feet away); 155mm Gun (about 700 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 75 times since then and 12 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on May 17, 2020, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.

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Jul. 1, 2022