Delaware Lighthouses

Lighthouses in the state of Delaware as identified by the United States Coast Guard. The first lighthouse in the state was erected in 1769 and the last in 1925 (ignoring automated towers erected later); the oldest active light is the Fenwick Island Light.

If not otherwise noted, focal height and coordinates are taken from the United States Coast Guard Light List, while location and dates of activation, automation, and deactivation are taken from the United States Coast Guard Historical information site for lighthouses.

Name Image Location Year first lit Current Lens Focal Height
Baker Shoal Range Front Light Port Penn 1902 (First)
2002 (Current)
LED 035 35 ft (11 m)
Baker Shoal Range Rear Light Port Penn 1904 Unknown 110 110 ft (34 m)
Bellevue Range Rear Light Wilmington 1909 (First)
2001 (Current)
Unknown 100 100 ft (30 m)
Cape Henlopen Beacon Lewis
(Cape Henlopen)
1825 (First)
1864 (Last)
None 045 45 ft (14 m)
Cape Henlopen Light Lewis
(Cape Henlopen)
1769 None 126 126 ft (38 m)
Cherry Island Range Rear Light Bellefonte 1880 (First)
1970s (Current)
Unknown 120 120 ft (37 m)
Christiana Light None known Christina River
1835 None 044 44 ft (13 m)
Christiana North Jetty Light Christina River
1884 None 037 37 ft (11 m)
Delaware Breakwater East End Light Lewes 1885 Unknown 060 60 ft (18 m)
Delaware Breakwater Range Front Light
(Delaware Breakwater West End Light)
Lewes 1838 None 045 45 ft (14 m)
Delaware Breakwater Range Rear Light None Lewes 1881 None
Moved to Florida
103 103 ft (31 m)
Fenwick Island Light Fenwick Island 1859 Third-order Fresnel 083 83 ft (25 m)
Fourteen Foot Bank Light Delaware Bay
11 miles from shore
1887 Unknown 059 59 ft (18 m)
Harbor of Refuge Light Lewes 1908 (First)
1926 (Current)
VRB-25 072 72 ft (22 m)
Liston Range Front Light Port Penn 1906 None 045 45 ft (14 m)
Liston Range Rear Light Biddles Corner 1906 Unknown 176 176 ft (54 m)
Mahon River Light Port Mahon 1831 (First)
1903 (Last)
Pilings are all that remain
037 37 ft (11 m)
Marcus Hook Range Front Light None Bellefonte 1915 (First)
Unknown 081 81 ft (25 m)
Marcus Hook Range Rear Light   Bellefonte 1919 DCB-24 278 278 ft (85 m)
Mispillion Light Lewis 1831 (First)
1873 (Last)
Decorative 046 46 ft (14 m)
New Castle Range Front Light New Castle 1876 (First)
1964 (Current)
Unknown 056 56 ft (17 m)
New Castle Range Rear Light New Castle 1876 (First)
1953 (Current)
Unknown 100 100 ft (30 m)
Reedy Island Range Front Light None Taylors Bridge 1906 DCB-224 Unknown
Reedy Island Range Rear Light Taylors Bridge 1910 DCB-224 134 134 ft (41 m)

Delaware Lights: A History of Lighthouses in the First State

Bob Trapani, executive director for the American Lighthouse Foundation and co-founder of the Delaware River & Bay Lighthouse Foundation, recounts the stories of twenty-seven beacons from the lost Cape Henlopen Light Station, completed in 1767, to the Marcus Hook Range Rear Light Station, constructed in 1920. He not only discusses their construction and the changes they have undergone over the years, but also tells dramatic tales of their keepers, who braved storms, isolation and poor conditions so that the lights would stay burning for those at sea.