Fenwick Island Light
|Location||Off DE 54, On the Delaware/Maryland border, Delaware Side|
|Year first constructed||1858|
|Year first lit||1859|
|Height||87 feet (27 m)|
|Original lens||Third order Fresnel lens|
|Current lens||Third order Fresnel lens|
|Range||15 nautical miles (28 km; 17 mi)|
|Characteristic||White flash every 3 s|
Fenwick Island Lighthouse Station
|Area||218 acres (88 ha)|
|NRHP Reference #||79000642|
|Added to NRHP||August 13, 1979|
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.
- Staff (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
- Dick Carter (January 1979). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory/Nomination: Fenwick Island Light" (PDF). and Accompanying 13 photos
- "New” Friends of the Fenwick Island Lighthouse website
- Lighthousefriends website
- Official Fenwick Island Lighthouse Website - includes 2009 season visiting information
- Chesapeake Bay Lighthouse Project - Fenwick Island Light