Fenwick Island Lighthouse, Fenwick Island

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Fenwick Island Lighthouse is a lighthouse in Delaware, United States, on the Delaware/Maryland border.
In 1856, the United States Congress appropriated $25,000 for the Fenwick Island Lighthouse and on January 11, 1858 a ten-acre tract for the station was obtained from Mary C. Hall for only $50. The Fenwick Island Lighthouse was completed on December 29, 1858, but would not be lit until August 1, 1859. Construction was supervised by U.S. Army Captain William F. Raynolds. The lighthouse was built on an isolated peninsula in the southernmost portion of Delaware at the Maryland state line. It is 87 feet tall, brick, with a central cast iron spiral staircase, and equipped with a third-order Fresnel lens. It was automated in 1940.
The lighthouse was decommissioned in 1978 and remained dark for several years. A public movement to save the lighthouse resulted in ownership of the lighthouse being transferred to the State of Delaware, and the lighthouse was relit in 1982. In 1997, after extensive fundraising efforts made it possible, the rapidly aging lighthouse underwent a full restoration. It was rededicated in July 1998.
The lighthouse is owned by the state of Delaware and maintained by the private, non-profit New Friends of the Fenwick Island Lighthouse. The "isolated" lighthouse now stands surrounded by a neighborhood of houses and businesses. Visitors can enter the base to view a small museum and gift shop. The lighthouse, however, is not open for climbing.
It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1979. Put Fenwick Island Lighthouse and other Fenwick Island attractions into our Fenwick Island journey planner, and watch your holiday take shape.
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  • I just wanted to walk up and take a photo. There was a volunteer there, pleasant as could be. Table out with a wide variety of merchandise- all to keep the lighthouse running, and to plan to open the....  more
    I just wanted to walk up and take a photo. There was a volunteer there, pleasant as could be. Table out with a wide variety of merchandise- all to keep the lighthouse running, and to plan to open the....  more »
  • This lighthouse is very small and in the middle of nowhere. It was neat to read about the history but your visit will take all of 15 minutes, so don't go out of your way to see it. You can't even... 
    This lighthouse is very small and in the middle of nowhere. It was neat to read about the history but your visit will take all of 15 minutes, so don't go out of your way to see it. You can't even...  more »
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  • We enjoyed visiting the lighthouse. Would have been better if the exhibit were open. Liked standing in DE & MD at the same time? Blessings: John 20:29
  • Nice place to visit. Free parking. Family friendly. Very helpful and informative volunteer to explain history of lighthouse.

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