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FENWICK ISLAND LIGHT

State: DELAWARE
Location: DELAWARE/MARYLAND BORDER
Nearest City: FENWICK ISLAND
County: SUSSEX
U.S.C.G. District: 5
Year Station Established: 1859


Fenwick Island Light
Photo by Dean W. Nelson, 1979, courtesy of National Register of Historic Places
Existing Historic Tower:
  • Year Light First Lit: 1859
  • Is the Light Operational? YES
  • Date Deactivated: 1978-1982
  • Automated: 1940
  • Foundation Materials: NATURAL/EMPLACED
  • Construction Materials: BRICK
  • Markings/Patterns: WHITE W/BLACK LANTERN
  • Shape: CONICAL
  • Relationship to Other Structures: SEPARATE
  • Tower Height: 84
  • Original Optic: THIRD ORDER, FRESNEL
  • Year Original Lens Installed: 1859
  • Present Optic: THIRD ORDER, FRESNEL
  • Year Present Lens Installed: 1859
  • Height of Focal Plane: 83
  • Fresnel Lens Disposition: ORIGINAL LENS IN OPERATION
Previous Tower(s): N/A

Modern Tower? NO

Existing Sound Signal Building? NO

Existing Keepers Quarters? YES
  • Year Constructed: 1859
  • Number of Stories: 2
  • Architectural Style: GOTHIC (2 FAMILY)
  • Construction Materials: FRAME
Other Structures: 1881 FRAME KEEPERS DWELLING (PRIVATELY OWNED), GARAGE, BARN, CISTERN UNDER 1859 DWELLING, 1940S GENERATOR HOUSE

Current Use: MUSEUM & PRIVATE AID TO NAVIGATION

Owner/Manager: STATE OF DELAWARE LEASE TO FRIENDS OF THE FENWICK ISLAND LIGHTHOUSE

Open to the Public? YES (Go to Lighthouses to Visit for access information)

Web Site:

National Register Status: LISTED; Reference #79000642
Name of Listing: FENWICK ISLAND LIGHTHOUSE STATION
On State List/Inventory? YES; Year Listed:

Miscellaneous:
COMPOSED OF BRICK CYLINDER TOWER WITHIN A BRICK CONICAL TOWER; TWO KEEPERS OWNED BY PRIVATE INDIVIDUALS; RESTORED IN 1997



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