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Contact: Richard Julian, Cape Henlopen State Park, 302-645-6852; or Necia Beck, Delaware State Parks, 302-739-9191, 

Unveiling of gun barrel highlights Fort Miles
Historic Weekend at Cape Henlopen State Park

LEWES (April 27, 2012) – Delaware State Parks and the Fort Miles Historical Association will welcome the latest piece of World War II history to the Fort Miles Historic Area during Cape Henlopen State Park’s eighth annual Fort Miles Historic Weekend, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 28.

The centerpiece of this year’s event is the arrival of Barrel 371, a 16-inch gun used aboard the battleship U.S.S. Missouri during World War II. Similar caliber weapons defended Delaware’s coast at Fort Miles’ Battery Smith during the war. A special ceremony welcoming the gun barrel will take place at 1 p.m., followed by music performed by a 1940s-style band.

In addition, visitors can experience history coming to life with re-enactors from both U.S. and German units. Period vehicles, presentations detailing soldiers’ lives during this heroic period, and artillery demonstrations are featured.

Other activities include a Battery 519 Open House from 10 a.m. until 12:45 p.m., highlighting the renovation work done to this 12-inch gun fortification. Visitors will learn how the battery operated and about plans for the future of the Battery 519 Museum. An entrance fee of $3 per person will be charged at the north entrance to the battery. 

Park entrance fees will be in effect: $4 for Delaware-registered vehicles and $8 for out-of-state vehicles. Parking will be at the Beach Bathhouse lot with free shuttles to the Fort Miles Historic Area.

Additional information is available by calling 302-645-6852 or visiting

Vol. 42, No. 156

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