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Fort Miles Historic Area at Cape Henlopen State Park

Cape Henlopen State Park, Lewes, DE
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Ranked #3 of 22 attractions in Lewes
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Walking Areas
Traveler Description: Fort Miles is a World War II fort that was designed to protect the mouth of the Delaware River. Tours are offered of the gun battery. more »
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Lewes, Delaware
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15 reviews 15 reviews
6 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

Fort Miles was an active US army base during WWII, as a line of defense against German Submarines. It brags the ONLY capture of a German submarine and crew in the United States. There is a self-guided walking tour, where you can see actual large battery guns used during WWII, including the LARGEST gun ever employed during WWII in the... More

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Highland Lakes, New Jersey
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272 reviews 272 reviews
75 attraction reviews
141 helpful votes 141 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

Kids of all ages will really enjoy the artillery on display. This is along the bike loop trail, so obtain free bikes for 2 hours and enjoy the park.

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Kennett Square, Pennsylvania
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31 reviews 31 reviews
8 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

Delaware often gets overlooked by travelers but this is a shame. Not only is Delaware a powerhouse when it comes to industry and farming it is also a state rich with natural beauty. This is especially evident in Lewes – the first town in the first state. Lewes is a gem of a quiet New Englandy coastal town tucked just... More

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Lewes, Delaware
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21 reviews 21 reviews
9 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

Dr. Gary Wray and volunteers and contributors have worked tirelessly to restore Ft. MIles and bring our WWII history back to life. Thank you for winning the war and protecting our past!

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Galway, Ireland
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25 reviews 25 reviews
12 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2014

I have to say we do come from Europe and travelled a lot and also lived in The Netherlands for a short time but I must say this museum is a little gem as it shows people a lot of Lewes dutch heritage and history . Coming from Ireland, many places and towns have their own heritage centre and it... More

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Lewes, Delaware
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31 reviews 31 reviews
16 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

This was a beaut wander around an historic military area, turned nature reserve. The experience was enjoyable, at least by me; My Love does not share my feeling for military history, but, who can blame her? She did enjoy the close proximity to the many deer We discovered within though. I Love seeing My Diane Smile; it lights up My... More

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Owings Mills, Maryland
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63 reviews 63 reviews
24 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2014

Great place to visit and tour either by bike or on foot. Lots of paved walking trails. Old World War II bunkers, and sub spotter towers. Points of interest throughout. Good spot to share history with children or grandchildren.

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Charlestown
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2014

Happened to visit when there was a re-enactment going on at the fort. What a treasure they have in this facility. We could see that the history of this Fort meant a lot to the town and the re-enactors as well. Thank you for all your time!

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Lewes, Delaware
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34 reviews 34 reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2014

Fort Miles is an interesting installation from WWII. However, it would have been nice if the barracks had been set up the way they were during the time it was in use. The towers, if you can climb up the stairs, are awesome. You can see over a broad area. The State beach is great and it is a nice... More

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Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania
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20 reviews 20 reviews
3 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2014

As a military brat and a visitor to Fort Miles since the early 1960s, I recommend the place to everybody. Do as you like. Walk around old barracks and cannons and lookout posts. Go down to the beach for the day (much quieter than nearby Rehobeth, Lewes, or Ocean City). If you are a World War II buff, the restoration... More

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