Fenwick Island Lighthouse
RR 3, Fenwick Island, DE, USA
fenwickislandlighthouse.org - (302) 539-4115
Fenwick Island Lighthouse Reviews
The Double-Tower Fenwick Island Light Sep 24, 2010
Fenwick Island Lighthouse was opened in 1859 to warn coastwise shipping of the Fenwick Shoals. The lighthouse is located just inside the Delaware state line, a few feet from Maryland. It's easy to visit today and recommended when you are in the Eastern Shore. But, in the 19th century it was very isolated, accessible only by boat.
The tower is 87 feet (26.5 m) high and the light could be seen 15 miles to sea. The lighthouse closed in 1978 and was restored in 1997. It is owned by the state of Delaware but operated by volunteers. Docents are happy to tell you the history of the lighthouse and show you inside. (You can't climb up the tower, though.) They also explain that the tower is really two brick towers, one inside the other. You can see where the towers are joined together at the base.
Admission is free but donations are appreciated.
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