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Cape Henlopen State Park near Lewes in Sussex County, Delaware — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Fort Miles Historical Area

Buildings

 
 
Fort Miles Historical Area Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Devry Becker Jones (CC0), May 16, 2020
1. Fort Miles Historical Area Marker
Inscription.  
The troops stationed here during World War II were part of the nation's coastal defense system that protected the mouth of the Delaware Bay and industries located up the Delaware River. Later the U.S. Army used the area as a recreation center where soldiers and their families could vacation.

[Captions:]
T-600 Recreation Building
This building was built for off-duty enlisted personnel to play cards and ping pong, shoot pool, read and listen to music.

T-601: Supply and Administration Building
Paperwork, messages, supplies, orders and the cantonment's communication system would have been managed in this building.

T-603, T-604, T-606 & T-607: Barracks Buildings
These buildings held beds and footlockers and were heated with small coal stoves. Showers and latrines were in a separate building.

T-605: Mess Hall
Originally similar to the barracks, the Mess Hall is where meals for the soldiers would have been prepared and served. The building is no longer standing.
 
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Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: CommunicationsForts and CastlesParks & Recreational AreasWar, World II. In addition, it is included in the Delaware State Parks series list.
 
Location. 38° 46.659′ N, 75° 5.463′ W. Marker is near Lewes, Delaware, in Sussex County. It is in Cape Henlopen State Park. 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.
 
Fort Miles Historical Area Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Devry Becker Jones (CC0), May 16, 2020
2. Fort Miles Historical Area Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 18, 2023. It was originally submitted on May 17, 2020, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 118 times since then and 23 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on May 17, 2020, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.

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May. 18, 2024