The Official Website of the 261st Coast Artillery

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Welcome to Fort Miles, home of the 261st Coast Artillery.  Built in 1941, the massive coastal fortification was designed to defend assets along the Delaware River and Bay such as oil refineries and factories, as well as the city of Philadelphia during the Second World War.  It was one of the largest and most heavily armed coastal fortifications ever built, and it was home to some of the finest cosmoliners on the east coast of the United States.

Today Delaware State Parks is working to restore a portion of that facility so that visitors may experience what took place here.


More Information

If it is information you seek, is the largest source of information on Fort Miles available anywhere.  This website is made up of information from the Fort Miles archives, consisting of photographs, manuals, and primary US Army documents relating to the facility.  You will find information on the weapons and equipment used here in the Firepower section, events from 1900 to present in the Timeline section, and information on the role that the Navy played at Fort Miles both during WWII and beyond.  Navigation is designed so that you can easily click through the site to learn more about what made Fort Miles work.

This site is also designed as an informational source for re-enactors who are currently "serving" at Fort Miles.  We are fortunate to have a very dedicated and hard working group of people that call Fort Miles a home.

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News and Programming


Get the 2014 Fort Miles Coin!

Program information is available seasonally on Delaware State Parks' homepage.  We hope you'll join us for a tour of the Fort Miles facility!
For the latest news on the restoration of the Fort Miles site, please see the latest Fort Miles Historical Association's newsletter!

Get your 2014 Fort Miles Challenge Coin here!  These coins will never be produced again, so get yours before they're gone!

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Interested in joining the 261st Coast Artillery?
Click here to learn how.


Donations help to support the 261st and Fort Miles.  Click below to learn more about our projects. 

Quick Facts

Active 1940 - 1996.
Size: Approx 5000 acres.
Armament: 16 major caliber weapons.

Total Cost
$22 Million (1938 USD)
$326.7 Million (2012 USD)

Named after Lt. General Nelson Appleton Miles.

Visit What Price Glory for your WWII supply needs.  Commission from sales will be donated to the Fort Miles Restoration Project!

2006 - 2014
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