Coastal Watch Towers in Sussex County

The coastal watch towers were built during World War II (from ’39 to ’42) and were designed to last 20 years. They are still standing, although only as shells of what they once were. They were designed to spot possible invading German ships and coordinate the firing of huge guns at Fort Miles, built at Cape Henlopen. There are a total of 11 towers on coastal Delaware and two on the other side of the Entrance to Delaware Bay – near Cape May.

Coastal Watch Tower at Tower Road Delaware State ParkThis tower was photographed shortly after a December sunrise – at a Delaware State Park just south of Dewey Beach. It is oceanside, of course, at Tower Road. Large prints on quality paper or canvas are available at: in the Delmarva Peninsula Gallery.

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