Rehoboth Beach
Delaware on the Front Lines: Military and Maritime History, Plus Women Spies
Through lectures and a live performance, discover Delaware’s military story as you learn about Civil War allegiances, the strategic advantage of Fort Miles and women in espionage.
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Program No. 12378RJ
4 days
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At a Glance

Delaware has been a strategic point of military defense for the United States since the country’s very beginnings — from the American Revolution to World War II and beyond. Take a fresh look into the military history of “The First State” as historians and military experts share their insight into the military intelligence and espionage during the Revolutionary War, the role that Delaware played during the Civil War and the threat posed by German U-boats along the coast of Lewes during WWII. Consider the roles played by female spies during each of these conflicts, and learn how their efforts contributed to the politics and outcomes of each war.
Activity Level
Participants must be able to climb some stairs, stand for up to an hour, get on and off a motor coach and walk a few blocks in and out of doors.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Join an expert for an historical maritime walking exploration of Lewes, and learn about Delaware’s little-known role in keeping the Union whole during the Civil War.
  • Discover Delaware’s involvement in WWII during field trips to Fort Miles, one of the strongest coastal forts ever built, and the Air Mobility Command Museum, formerly Dover Army Airfield, the location of secret rocket development during the Cold War.
  • Consider the role of women in espionage during WWII and beyond as you take in insightful lectures and a living history performance.
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Marie Gormley-Tarleton
A former newspaper woman, high school teacher, and docent at the Hagley Museum in Wilmington, Del., Marie Gormley-Tarleton has relied upon her teaching experience during her work at the Delaware Institute for the Arts, where she participates in summer and school programs. She studied acting at the People's Light and Theater Company, and has attended many national storytelling festivals and workshops.
Gary Wray
Michelle Rumble
Marie Gormley-Tarleton
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