Battery 519 Cantonment Orientation Building - used as the Cape Henlopen State Parks Fort Miles Historical Area (FMHA) orientation building which provide visitors general information about the FMHA and Battery 519. FMHA tours are scheduled through the Park and conducted from the orientation building.
Fort Miles was a military WWII coast artillery harbor defense fort located on Cape Henlopen near Lewes, Delaware. The Fort Miles Historical Area (now part of the Cape Henlopen state park) was part of the WWII Harbor Defense of the Delaware defense system which protected the entry into the Delaware Bay.
Military artillery at Cape Henlopen dates back to 1873, when the Army acquired 140 acres along the Delaware Bay and Atlantic for coastal defense. With the coming of World War II, another 1,000 acres were added to the site.
In 1941, the fort became home to the 261st Coast Artillery, whose mission was to defend the E.I. duPont de Nemours & Co. complex in Wilmington, Del., the city of Philadelphia and the oil refineries that lined the Pennsylvania and New Jersey shorelines of the Delaware River.
Fort Miles was added to the National Register of Historic Places in April 2005.
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