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Historic Fort Miles Site Could be Revitalized

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LEWES, Del.- More than 70 years ago, Fort Miles was a bustling military site in Sussex County.

"The history is very interesting of how this whole area helped to defend the Delaware bay during World War II," said Minnie Shorter.

Even though the fort didn't see much action, it's on the radar of history buffs. But The Fort Miles Historic Association wants more people to come visit.

"We've been working for the last 10 years to make it a World War II destination and make it the premier place on the East Cost if you want to go to World War II facility and see a place with the big guns and World War II museum," said association president Gary Wray.

Tom Crowley hopes the association's plan will give a clearer view of history.

"I'd like to see if there aren't any, some docents out here to explain to anybody that comes, what went on here and what it meant for the second world war," Crowley said.

To teach, there would be a museum. "Too often we don't really teach about World War II," Wray said. "We don't get there in all of the pressing demands that we have in our curriculum with other things."

There will also be grand displays of real-life history.

"We're going ot mount the big 16-inch gun that we got off the Battleship Missouri," Wray said. "The middle gun of turret one, the very barrel the Japanese had to walk past to surrender on Sept 2, 1945."

The project is expected to cost $5 million and the group is currently pursuing donations and grants.

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