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In the 1700s, the Calverts of Maryland and the Penns of Pennsylvania disagreed over the boundary that separated the three lower counties of Pennsylvania (Delaware) from Maryland. The Calverts contended that the border should be near Lewes, while the Penns felt it should be near Fenwick Island. The matter was settled in 1751 when John Watson and William Parsons of Pennsylvania and John Emory and Thomas Jones of Maryland surveyed the dividing Transpeninsular Line and marked its eastern end on April 26 with a stone monument in Fenwick Island. The stone bears the coat of arms of the Penns on its north face and that of the Calverts on its south face. The border was accepted in 1760 and ratified by King George III in 1769. This monument remains standing today just a few feet south of another enduring white monument, the Fenwick Island Lighthouse. The 1855 Annual Report of the Lighthouse Board contained the following appeal for a lighthouse on Fenwick Island: A light-house in the vicinity of Fenwick’s island will serve to guide vessels from the southern ports, bound into the Delaware, and also the great coasting trade with the same or a more northern destination. Fenwick’s Island shoal is a very dangerous one for those, and also in some degree for the European trade of Philadelphia. It is very common for ships coming from the eastward to fall in with the coast considerably to the southward of Cape Henlopen, and in thick weather a light on Fenwick’s island would serve to ascertain their position when the Henlopen light was invisible.  As there was a sixty-mile gap between Cape Henlopen, the lighthouse at the southern entrance to Delaware Bay, and the next lighthouse to the south on Assateague Island, a beacon somewhere between the two was certainly justified. Congress appropriated $25,000 for Fenwick Island Lighthouse in 1856, and on January 11, 1858 a ten-acre tract for the station was obtained from Mary C. Hall for a mere $50. The tower, built of brick, stood seventy-five feet, six inches from its base to the gallery that encircled the watchroom. The inside diameter at the base of the double-walled tower was eight and a half feet, and a central cast-iron spiral stairway provided access to the lantern, where a third-order L. Sautter & Cie Fresnel lens was installed.  A two-story, frame keeper’s dwelling was built just east of the tower atop a brick cellar. Housed in the cellar was a 2,500-gallon cistern for storing rainwater captured from the dwelling’s roof. The buildings at the station were constructed under the direction of Captain William F. Raynolds of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for a total cost of $23,749. According to Notice to Mariners, No. 284, dated December 29, 1858, work on the Fenwick Island Lighthouse was complete, but for some reason not given, the light would not be exhibited until August 1 of the following year. John Smith was the first keeper at the lighthouse.  Originally, the lighthouse was kept by just one keeper, but later an assistant keeper was assigned to the station, and in 1878 the Lighthouse Board began annual petitions for funds for a second dwelling. Bids for the dwelling were opened on June 8, 1881, and the winning contractor, Thomas W. Ferree & Brother, of Yorklyn, Delaware had the structure ready for its formal acceptance on November 12, 1881. Assistant Keeper William F. Pepper remained in the original dwelling with his family, while Keeper John D. Bennett took up residence in the new structure with his family.

Fenwick Island Real Estate Listings

Active Listings in Fenwick Island

47 Bayside Drive Fenwick Island, DE 19944
Photo of 47 Bayside Drive, Fenwick Island, DE 19944 (MLS # 723263)
3 beds 3 baths 2,850 sqft $892,000
37110 Ocean Park Lane Fenwick Island, DE 19944
Photo of 37110 Ocean Park Lane, Fenwick Island, DE 19944 (MLS # 723165)
5 beds 4 baths 2,987 sqft $1,195,000
8 W Cannon Street Fenwick Island, DE 19975
Photo of 8 W Cannon Street, Fenwick Island, DE 19975 (MLS # 716007)
5 beds 3 baths 1,500 sqft $699,999
39947 Narrows Road , Unit 12 Fenwick Island, DE 19944
Photo of 39947 Narrows Road , Unit 12, Fenwick Island, DE 19944 (MLS # 721774)
4 beds 3 baths 1,600 sqft $499,000
39948 Narrows , Unit 4 Fenwick Island, DE 19944
Photo of 39948 Narrows , Unit 4, Fenwick Island, DE 19944 (MLS # 722437)
4 beds 4 baths 1,680 sqft $684,900
56 Bayside Drive Fenwick Island, DE 19944
Photo of 56 Bayside Drive, Fenwick Island, DE 19944 (MLS # 722066)
3 beds 2 baths 1,450 sqft $599,900
1209 Coastal Hwy Fenwick Island, DE 19944
Photo of 1209 Coastal Hwy, Fenwick Island, DE 19944 (MLS # 721882)
0 beds 0 baths $1,900,000
1311 Coastal Fenwick Island, DE 19944
Photo of 1311 Coastal, Fenwick Island, DE 19944 (MLS # 721394)
0 beds 0 baths $499,000
4 Isle of Fenwick Fenwick Island, DE 19944
Photo of 4 Isle of Fenwick, Fenwick Island, DE 19944 (MLS # 721557)
4 beds 4 baths 1,900 sqft $499,000
39031 Beacon Road , Unit 4 Fenwick Island, DE 19944
Photo of 39031 Beacon Road , Unit 4, Fenwick Island, DE 19944 (MLS # 720869)
4 beds 4 baths 2,486 sqft $595,000
806 South Schulz Road Fenwick Island, DE 19944
Photo of 806 South Schulz Road, Fenwick Island, DE 19944 (MLS # 720744)
4 beds 3 baths 2,464 sqft $990,000
1509 Bunting Avenue Fenwick Island, DE 19944
Photo of 1509 Bunting Avenue, Fenwick Island, DE 19944 (MLS # 720807)
6 beds 7 baths 4,500 sqft $3,350,000
1301 Coastal Highway Fenwick Island, DE 19944
Photo of 1301 Coastal Highway, Fenwick Island, DE 19944 (MLS # 720539)
5 beds 4 baths 3,946 sqft $1,650,000
40123 Seaside Drive , Unit 11 Fenwick Island, DE 19944
Photo of 40123 Seaside Drive , Unit 11, Fenwick Island, DE 19944 (MLS # 720430)
3 beds 3 baths 1,306 sqft $699,000
8 E King Street Fenwick Island, DE 19944
Photo of 8 E King Street, Fenwick Island, DE 19944 (MLS # 719996)
5 beds 4 baths 3,750 sqft $1,850,000
38893 Bunting , Unit 1 Fenwick Island, DE 19944
Photo of 38893 Bunting , Unit 1, Fenwick Island, DE 19944 (MLS # 719873)
3 beds 3 baths 1,320 sqft $1,200,000
4 W James St Fenwick Island, DE 19944
Photo of 4 W James St, Fenwick Island, DE 19944 (MLS # 719134)
2 beds 1 bath 790 sqft $1,100,000
1 East Houston St Fenwick Island, DE 19944
Photo of 1 East Houston St, Fenwick Island, DE 19944 (MLS # 719087)
2 beds 1 bath 1,100 sqft $724,900
503 Glenn Avenue Fenwick Island, DE 19944
Photo of 503 Glenn Avenue, Fenwick Island, DE 19944 (MLS # 719034)
4 beds 2 baths 1,600 sqft $595,000
501 Glenn Ave , Unit 248 Fenwick Island, DE 19944
Photo of 501 Glenn Ave , Unit 248, Fenwick Island, DE 19944 (MLS # 719036)
0 beds 0 baths $449,000
40123 FENWICK AVENUE , Unit 1 Fenwick Island, DE 19944
Photo of 40123 FENWICK AVENUE , Unit 1, Fenwick Island, DE 19944 (MLS # 718595)
5 beds 5 baths 3,511 sqft $1,195,000
602 Coastal Hwy , Unit 8 Fenwick Island, DE 19944
Photo of 602 Coastal Hwy , Unit 8, Fenwick Island, DE 19944 (MLS # 718092)
2 beds 2 baths 1,200 sqft $324,900
40125 Fenwick Avenue , Unit 2 Fenwick Island, DE 19944
Photo of 40125 Fenwick Avenue , Unit 2, Fenwick Island, DE 19944 (MLS # 717774)
5 beds 5 baths 3,160 sqft $899,999
40126 FENWICK TOWERS RD , Unit 103 Fenwick Island, DE 19944
Photo of 40126 FENWICK TOWERS RD , Unit 103, Fenwick Island, DE 19944 (MLS # 717422)
1 bed 1 bath 584 sqft $329,000
27 W Atlantic St Fenwick Island, DE 19944
Photo of 27 W Atlantic St, Fenwick Island, DE 19944 (MLS # 717354)
3 beds 2 baths 1,439 sqft $599,999
33 Oyster Bay Drive Fenwick Island, DE 19944
Photo of 33 Oyster Bay Drive, Fenwick Island, DE 19944 (MLS # 716523)
3 beds 2 baths 1,100 sqft $579,900
37534 Lighthouse Unit 202 Fenwick Island, DE 19944
Photo of 37534 Lighthouse Unit 202, Fenwick Island, DE 19944 (MLS # 716208)
2 beds 2 baths 784 sqft $195,000
52 Madison Avenue Fenwick Island, DE 19944
Photo of 52 Madison Avenue, Fenwick Island, DE 19944 (MLS # 715159)
4 beds 3 baths 2,800 sqft $775,000
10 E Essex Street Fenwick Island, DE 19944
Photo of 10 E Essex Street, Fenwick Island, DE 19944 (MLS # 714212)
6 beds 5 baths 3,100 sqft $1,849,999
606 Coastal Highway , Unit 20 Fenwick Island, DE 19944
Photo of 606 Coastal Highway , Unit 20, Fenwick Island, DE 19944 (MLS # 714086)
2 beds 2 baths 1,100 sqft $324,900

Posted on January 19, 2013 at 12:08 am by Bill Cullin