|Location||Mispillion River, Delaware|
|Year first constructed||1831|
|Year first lit||1873|
|Tower height||65 feet (20 m)|
|Original lens||Sixth order Fresnel lens|
|Characteristic||Flashing white every 3 seconds, flash duration 0.3 seconds, with a red sector from 301° to 308°|
|Heritage||place listed on the National Register of Historic Places|
Mispillion Lighthouse and Beacon Tower
|Nearest city||Milford, Delaware|
|Area||0.5 acres (0.20 ha)|
|Architectural style||Gothic Revival, Carpenter Gothic|
|NRHP reference #||86002919|
|Added to NRHP||February 18, 1987|
The original Mispillion Lighthouse was built in 1831. The second Mispillion Lighthouse was a 65-foot (20 m) square wood tower rising from one corner of a two-story Gothic style wood keeper's house and was built in 1873. It served until 1929, when it was deactivated and replaced by a steel skeleton tower that had originally served at Cape Henlopen. Over many years of private ownership and neglect, the lighthouse had fallen into an extreme state of disrepair, and was considered by Lighthouse Digest magazine to be "America's Most Endangered Lighthouse". After a fire started by lightning destroyed most of the tower portion of the lighthouse, the remains of the lighthouse were sold in 2002. A replica of the lighthouse was rebuilt at Shipcarpenter Square in Lewes, Delaware, in 2004 using what was left of the structure of the old lighthouse, and based on the original plans. The new owners also made a substantial addition during reconstruction, used as their living quarters. The steel skeletal tower remains at the original location but is not active or open to the public.
- National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
- Historic American Engineering Record (HAER) No. DE-23, "Mispillion Lighthouse[permanent dead link]"
- Richard B. Carter (January 1986). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory/Nomination: Mispillion Lighthouse and Beacon Tower". and Accompanying two photos
- Historic American Engineering Record (HAER) No. DE-23, "Mispillion Lighthouse, South bank of Mispillion River at its confluence with Delaware River at northeast end of County Road 203, 7 miles east of Milford, Milford vicinity, Sussex County, DE"
- HAER No. DE-23-A, "Mispillion Lighthouse, Beacon Tower"
|This article relating to a United States lighthouse is a stub. You can help Wikipedia by expanding it.|
|This article about a building or structure in Delaware is a stub. You can help Wikipedia by expanding it.|