Delaware Lights: A History of Lighthouses in the First State

Delaware is known in many circles as the “Small Wonder” in part for the state’s plethora of contributions to our nation’s rich history despite its diminutive size geographically. From its key role during the War of Independence to its active participation in the maritime development of our great nation throughout the 19th and 20th centuries, Delaware’s leadership and bestowal of contributions to the United States sparkles literally and figuratively – like a lighthouse.

Cape Henlopen Lighthouse
USCG Photo

Cape Henlopen Lighthouse

Executive director of the American Lighthouse Foundation Bob Trapani Jr. 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.

From the Back Cover...

"There is something heroic about lighthouses—they interrupt darkness and dispel danger with their reassuring beacons, symbolizing hope and security for both seafarers and land lovers."  

Lighthouses Featured:

Cape Henlopen, Cape Henlopen Beacon, Bombay Hook, Mispillion, Port Mahon, Christiana River, Reedy Island, Delaware Breakwater West End, Fenwick Island New Castle Range, Port Penn Range, Cherry Island Range, Delaware Breakwater Range Rear, Delaware Breakwater East End, Fourteen Foot Bank, Baker Range, Reedy Island Range, Liston Range, Harbor of Refuge, Bellevue Range, Marcus Hook Range Rear

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ISBN: 978-1-59629-021-1
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