Fort Miles presentation set for Feb. 18 in Bethany


On Thursday, Feb. 18, the Bethany Beach Cultural & Historical Affairs Committee will host a special presentation by Dr. Gary Wray, “Fort Miles: Past, Present, Future.” The event will take place at Bethany Beach Town Hall, 214 Garfield Parkway, at 7 p.m. Light refreshments will be served.

The discussion will explore the history of the site, how it has changed in the 73 years since it was constructed at the mouth of the Delaware Bay and how it is being preserved through the Fort Miles Museum Complex.

Wray has been president of FMHA since it began in 2003, responsible for leading the organization in its goal of preserving, protecting and defending all aspects of Fort Miles. He is co-author (with Lee Jennings, State Parks historian) of the book on Fort Miles published by Arcadia Press in 2005.

Wray also serves on the Cape Henlopen School District School Board, where he has been both vice president and president for almost two years, and is an elected trustee of the Delaware Historical Society, the oldest historical society in the state.

Wray, representing FMHA, was also chosen by the state of Delaware as the State Volunteer of the Year in 2008. He is currently a professor at Wilmington University, the University of Maryland and Delaware Technical and Community College.

Since 2005, the Bethany Beach Cultural & Historical Affairs Committee has been sponsoring cultural events during the off-season. Topics of interest run the gamut from shipwrecks and treasures to music and historic tales. All programs are free and open to the public.