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Fenwick Island Light
Fenwick Island, Delaware

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 7.0 (3 reviews)

Recommended By: 100% of reviewers

General Information
Date Established: 1859
Date Present Tower Built: 1859
Date Automated: 1940
Height of Tower: 84 ft.
Height of Focal Plane: 83 ft.


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Open to Public?: Yes

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Fenwick Lighthouse was built in 1858 to warn ships away from the Fenwick Shoal. The lens that magnifies the light was imported from France. First the light burned whale oil-later kerosene. At the present time the light operates automatically by electricity.

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Description Credit: Patrice

Submitted by: Cary Date of last review: Tue Oct 10, 2006 Views: 4747

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Joined: 16 Jul 2006
Posts: 46
Review Date: Thu Aug 17, 2006 Would you recommend the lighthouse? Yes | Rating: 6 

Pros: Easy to access, no hiking required
Cons: Large fence around it, not close to water

Fenwick Island Lighthouse is situated in a residential neighborhood without a view of the water. It is a historic lighthouse and is a good lighthouse to visit if you are already in the area, but I wouldn't travel too far out of your way to see it, especially if it is at a time when the tower isn't open.
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Joined: 23 Aug 2006
Posts: 108
Review Date: Thu Aug 24, 2006 Would you recommend the lighthouse? Yes | Rating: 5 

Pros: Tower appears to be in good shape.
Cons: Can not climb the tower

We got to look in the door way but were not allowed even to stand inside the tower.
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Joined: 10 Oct 2006
Posts: 6
Review Date: Tue Oct 10, 2006 Would you recommend the lighthouse? Yes | Rating: 10 


I lived in Delaware for three years,so I drove by this lighthouse almost everyday. Although I was never inside I did take some photos. This is one of my favorite lighthouses.
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