Delaware's Iconic Breakwater East End Lighthouse Is One Of The Most Photographed Landmarks In The State
Cape Henlopen has always been a hazard to ships, but thanks to the most famous Delaware lighthouse, it has become safer year after year. When the original Cape Henlopen Beacon was decommissioned in 1884 due to erosion and shifting sand, a new lighthouse was rapidly built to take its place. Since then, the Breakwater East End Light has become one of Delaware’s most iconic fixtures, and one of the most photographed landmarks in the state.
For more than a century, visitors to Lewes or sailors who pass through the Delaware Bay near Cape Henlopen have been greeted by this large, looming, red and white lighthouse. It's easy to spot from miles and miles away!
The Delaware Breakwater East End Light was automated on July 11, 1950, after decades of in-person service.
Before the lighthouse was automated, it was said to be a difficult one to man. Cape Henlopen's constant fog meant a constant fog signal blaring, and in 1905, a record-setting 645 hours were spent loudly warning sailors of danger in the mist.
If you want to get a close look at the lighthouse, check it out by boat! The Cape May-Lewes Ferry gives travelers a unique perspective.
In the summer, you can get a unique look at the lighthouse by booking an outing with Cape Henlopen Tours and Taxi. They'll take you right up to explore it!
Over its lifetime, it worked with the Harbor of Refuge Light to mark the safe entry into the Delaware Bay. It was deactivated in 1996 after it became clear that the placement of the Harbor of Refuge Light was enough to keep ships safe.
It's no surprise to anyone who spends time at the beach that this lighthouse is one of the most photographed landmarks in Delaware. It seems like everyone has snapped a picture of it at sunrise, or sunset!
You can learn more about the history of the Delaware Breakwater East End Light
on the American Lighthouse Foundation website. To learn more about touring the light, read Tour The Landmark Delaware Lighthouse That’s Only Accessible By Boat
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Delaware Breakwater East End Lighthouse, Lewes, DE 19958, USA