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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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  • The lighthouse itself is absolutely adorable . . . proud, tall, and majestic. What is less than ideal is the location . . . it's truly in the backyard of a trailer park. While that can be expected in ...  more »
  • We were on our way to North Carolina to visit family and we decided to take some detours this was a nice diversion and stayed nearby in DE take the time to visit and see the local sights and maybe eve...  more »
  • This place has amazing history. Love the old pictures of the light house from long ago. Its a great light house for kids to see for the first time too and learn the history of the light house.  more »