LEWES, Del. — It was a blustery, rainy day when state park historian Jim Hall got the call from Cape Henlopen State Park maintenance staff.They’d discovered a big chunk of iron in a footpath to the beach.“I said ‘leave it alone until we can get it identified,’ ” he said.Cape Henlopen used to be an Army fort and anything unexpected needs to be treated with care, lest it possibly explode.So Hall told them to cover it with a piece of plywood and put some orange traffic cones around it.
The last thing he wanted to do was draw attention to it and he thought the cones and plywood would make it look like a routine maintenance project. Also, he said, the weather was so bad as Hurricane Hermine was passing through, there weren’t many people visiting the park.It turned out that piece of metal was a relic from Cape Henlopen’s role as Fort Miles, part of the Army’s coastal defense network during WWII.
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