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Fenwick Island Lighthouse, Fenwick Island

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Completed on December 29, 1858 and first lit on August 1, 1859, the Fenwick Island Lighthouse filled the dangerous sixty-mile, dark stretch of coastline between the squat [soon to be replaced] 1833 Assateague Beacon, and Cape Henlopen Lighthouse to the north.

In 1856, Congress appropriated $25,000 for a light station to mark the treacherous Fenwick's shoals. A ten-acre tract was bought from Mary C. Hall for a palsy $50.

The original 1859 keepers quarters sits on a brick cellar which housed a 2,500-gallon cistern for collecting rain water from the roof. A second assistant keepers quarters was constructed in 1881.

The Fenwick Island Lighthouse stands 87 feet high, is equipped with a third-order Fresnel Lens which can be seen fifteen nautical miles out to sea.

Interestingly the lighthouse' first coat of white paint cost the U.S. Government $5. (read less)
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  • We drove the 30 min from Rehoboth and when we got there the gate was padlocked. The lighthouse is near a trailer park on a residential street. There's really nothing to see. The website said it was op...  read more »
  • This is not the cape may lighthouse, but it was easy to find, and even though it was not staffed and open when we were there there were signs that told us about the light and the state border. We stop...  read more »
  • The Fenwick Lighthouse is nice spot, you can learn some historic information about it, and about Fenwick Island also. You can go inside the Lighthouse, but not to the top I guess. 
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