|Delaware Breakwater East End Light|
Breakwater Light was built in 1885, and positioned such that it could be
seen from both the harbor and the ocean. It is a brown brick conical tower
on a concrete and stone caisson. The light originally had a fourth order
Fresnel lens but was replaced with an airport style beacon in 1973. The
Delaware Breakwater Light worked in conjunction with the much more powerful
Cape Henlopen Light until its demise in 1926. This light was deactivated
in 1996. The exterior of this lighthouse was renovated in 1999 and is used
as a day marker.
On September 30, 2004 a lighthouse partnership was announced between the Delaware River & Bay Authority (DRBA) and the Delaware River & Bay Lighthouse Foundation. In an effort to enhance the educational value and long-term preservation of the historic lighthouse, the DRBA has entered into an operating agreement with the non-profit Delaware River & Bay Lighthouse Foundation.
This light can be viewed from the Cape May-Lewes Ferry or from Cape Henlopen State Park. The lighthouse is not open to the public currently but Delaware River & Bay Lighthouse Foundation hopes to begin tours in summer 2005.
Photograph By Henry Gonzalez
If you look closely at the above photo you can also see the Harbor of Refuge Outer Breakwater Light in the distance (lower left).
|D R I V I N G D I R E C T I O N S|
|From the East side of the Bay bridge,
proceed Eastward on Rte. 50 & 301. Rte. 50 & 301 split 8.2 mi. from
Proceed 7.0 mi. on Rte 50 to Rte. 404
Turn left on Rte. 404 E. (approximately 30 mi. later, Rte. 404 divides into "business" and "bypass". Take the "bypass" but either one will do.) Rte. 9 joins Rte. 404 at Georgetown. At this point, follow Rte. 9 E.
One may also follow signs for the Cape May - Lewes ferry in case they miss seeing the Rte # signs. Rte, 9 E will bring one to the ferry but stay on the same road (the ferry gate will be on your "port" side). That road will end at the Henlopen State Park. The park office is 80.1 mi. from the starting point at the bay bridge.
To see the Delaware Inner Breakwater and the Harbor of Refuge Outer Breakwater lights, one may park in a parking area 1.5 mi. from the park office.
At low tide, one may walk to within 0.5 mi. of the Inner light. The beach and dunes are OFF limits to access a close view of the Outer light but it can be clearly seen at a distance.