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August 14th, 2019

The Harbor of Refuge Lighthouse, Lewes, Delaware, Tour, Review, Delaware Bay, Southern Delaware, Summer 2019

You see it out there? I love this photo showing the point at Cape Henlopen. Our destination on July 20th was the historic Harbor of Refuge. This is one of the two lighthouses located on the Delaware Bay between Lewes, and Cape May, New Jersey.

Cape May-Lewes Ferry

“The earliest lighthouses were simple bonfires built on hillsides to guide ships. The first American lighthouse came to life in 1716 at Boston Harbor.”

The Delaware Breakwater, the East End Lighthouse, and the Harbor of Refuge Light Station entered in 1976 on the National Register of Historic Places as the nation’s first offshore Historic District.

I have been touring these lighthouses for the past 6 years. When I have a guest that might be interested in something like this I go for it. This lighthouses and the breakwater are iconic. They were the first structures of their kind to be built in the Western Hemisphere.

For the purpose of this post I am writing about the Harbor of Refuge. The tour was given by The Delaware River & Bay Lighthouse Foundation. They are the caretaker of this lighthouse. Please visit the website

In the website you can check the tours. They usually give the tours until mid September. The telephone is 302-644-7046. You can also check them on Facebook. Usually they say you have to send forms in but I think if you are here at the beach, you might be able to go anyway. Just give them a call or email them.

On July 20th I invited friends from Ocean City, Maryland to this tour. I don’t know if you remember but it was so hot. We arrived at the Cape May-Lewes Ferry Terminal in Lewes. My friends had not experienced this.

On the Rocks is the outdoor restaurant and bar and Dogfish Head has its own little space there, as well.

The organizers of the tour were getting ready. We on the other hand were hiding from the heat.

It was time to go. You do have to wear life vests and make sure you wear closed toe shoes too. The tour departs from the finger pier.

Before arriving to the Harbor of Refuge we got close to the East End Lighthouse for a few photo opportunities.

Along the way you may spot dolphins and all kinds of fish. In the tour you will usually have Red and Garrett and several docents.

The Delaware Breakwater along with the lighthouses are marvels of the 19th century. They were the first structures of their kind to be built in the Western Hemisphere. The breakwater wall started construction in 1828.

On this particular day spear fishing was going on.

The Harbor of Refuge was built in 1926 to replace a previous lighthouse. The Harbor of Refuge is one of the most exposed lighthouses on the Atlantic seaboard. Just this past week, on the Cape Gazette there was an article mentioning how in need of repair is this lighthouse. I think because its precarious location, it is in need of repair at all times. The rocks on one side are coming down because of the erosion. In 2013 I took the first 2 photos and just this year I took this other photo. You can see what they are talking about.

Now you will see the difference in this one.

During this particular tour Bill Harris was with us. He was the last keeper of the lighthouse in 1973.

Each level of the lighthouse had its purpose. Kitchen, sleeping quarters, etc. etc. And throughout the tour the docents are able to answer all your questions.

I recommend this tour. The scenery and the history are just so impressive.

It did not matter if it was that hot. We made it.

On the above photo we were getting ready to go back. You can see Red giving the last instructions, Bill Harris and I think that is Garrett on the far left. And Cindi and I sitting below thinking that just about this time a beer would be wonderful.

I have plenty of post on these lighthouses on this website. Please check them out to see if this is something you might like to do. By visiting and donating to the Delaware River & Bay Lighthouse Foundation we can keep them going.

I do have a Facebook Page for AboutMyBeaches. You can leave me comments there.

Hope your Summer 2019 has been awesome.

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September 20th, 2018

The Harbor of Refuge Lighthouse, Lewes, Delaware, Tours, Delaware River & Bay Lighthouse Foundation, Delaware Breakwater, Walk in The Steps of The Lightkeeper, Delaware Beaches, Delaware Bay, Southern Delaware

In June of 2013 I got curious about the 2 lighthouses located between Lewes, Delaware and Cape May, New Jersey.  Writing a blog about the Delaware Beaches and beyond gives me so much information.  Information that I can pass on to you.  The Delaware Beaches are year round resorts and there is plenty to do if you choose to do so, or nothing at all if you just want to relax.  I went on a tour this summer with the Delaware River & Bay Lighthouse Foundation.  This organization is dedicated to the preservation of the Harbor of Refuge Lighthouse.  When I first visited you could not step out off the boat and go inside the lighthouse.  We actually then went inside the East End Lightouse. More about that one in another post. Since then there has been a lot of restoration to the Harbor of Refuge, and this summer they opened it for tours.

The Delaware River & Bay Lighthouse Foundation can be contacted by calling 302-644-7046.  The website is

My friend, Sharon, who is a true local, and very proud of it, had never visited the lighthouses but always wanted to.  We arrived at the Cape-May Lewes Ferry Terminal in Lewes.  That’s is where we would be picked up.  Arriving a little early we decided to have something to eat at the outdoor bar/restaurant called On the Rocks.  Best view and great burgers, as well.

Finally, the boat arrived and Sharon and I were ready.

The Cape-May Lewes Ferry was just coming in but our main goal was to get to the historic and iconic Harbor of Refuge.

It was one of those beautiful days in Delmarva and Cape Henlopen looked awesome.

The keeper of this lonely offshore lighthouse.  It was hard work.  Storms were relentless and waves would reach all the way up the lighthouse.  We first passed the East End Lighthouse.  But, we had to continue to our destination.


The Delaware Breakwater along with the lighthouses are engineer marvels of the 19th century.  They were the first strucures of the kind built in the Western Hemisphere.  In 1976, the Delaware Breakwater, the East End Lighthouse and the Harbor of Refuge Light Station were inducted into the National Register of Historic Places as the Nation’s first offshore Historic District.

The imposing Harbor of Refuge was in front of us.  We got off the boat and climbed the stairs to the different levels where the Keeper lived.  Docents are able to give you all the information you need.  The most important thing is the feeling you get of what would be like to “walk in the steps of the Lightkeeper”.

The Harbor of Refuge’s dock has been restored.  So much work in raising funds to maintain this historic lighthouse.  The dock has been dedicated to Red Moulinier, President of the Delaware River & Bay Lighthouse Foundation for his time and efforts.  The lighthouse still has more renovations on the way along with maintenance.  It has been painted and it looks beautiful.

From the top of the lighthouse the views are unbelievable as you can imagine.  At times, dolphins and mantas pass by.

By visiting the website above mentioned you will be able to see what tours they will have next year. Also check the sunset tours. You will not go inside the lighthouses but will circle around them for those Kodak moments.  Tours book quickly and, of course, it also depends on the weather.  This weekend they have tours on Saturday, but they are already sold out.  For more info. you may call Red at 302-226-3866.  There is also a button on the website for donations.  Every little bit helps.

If you would like to see my other posts on these lighthouses, with photos, please visit my website at

Have a great time this weekend.  The beginning of Fall!!

By the way, lots of locals on this tour.  We had fun!!



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March 31st, 2011

What’s Going On?, Lewes, Delaware, Activities, Events, Entertainment, Delaware Beaches



Visitors that come to Lewes are always enchanted by the character of this Historic Town.  The shops, the restaurants, the scenery.  But, Lewes is also known for its residents.  They are friendly, loyal, and most of all really love the town and what it stands for.  Lewes has so many events on their 2011 schedule. 


Thursday, 3/31 – Bethany Blues, Lewes is celebrating their 2 year anniversary starting at 8:00 p.m.  Bethany Blues is located at 18385 Coastal Highway.  Tel. 302-644-2500. Since it will be a celebration, they will be having great specials.


Live music by Jimi Smooth & Hit Time.  Their genre is Funk, R & B, and Soul.  You know, favorite Motown and Soul classics.  Check their website at  If you visit Dewey Beach in the summer, they are regulars at the Delaware Beaches.


Saturday, 4/2 – Cooking Demonstration, Inspirational Talk and Book Signing at 10:00 a.m.  Location?  Seekers, Spiritual Treasures at St. Peter’s Square, in the parish hall of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church located at 211 Mulberry St., Lewes.  You can visit or call 302-645-9916.

Seekers has a mission of offering resources for spiritual growth, knowledge and inspiration for people of all faiths.

Katie Moose is the author of her cookbook God’s Bounty.  She will be signing the book and giving a demonstration.  She is from Easton, Maryland and has written a number of guidebooks and other cookbooks. 

I have Chesapeake’s Bounty and Chesapeake’s Bounty II.  One of the recipes I featured as a post on this blog.  It was her Corn Chowder.  You can see this post by clicking on the month of April, 2010 and scroll down to the 27th.




Saturday, 4/2 – A Talk about Delaware’s Lighthouses at 2:00 p.m.  Free!!  The talk will be given by Judith Roales of the Delaware River and Bay Lighthouse Foundation.  Location?  The Zwaanendael Museum at 102 Kings Highway, Lewes.


This foundation is working actively on behalf of Delaware’s Lighthouses.  The State’s oldest one, at Cape Henlopen was lost to erosion in 1924.  The Bombay Hook Light one was demolished in 1974, the New Castle Bar Light was destroyed in 1982 and the Mahon River Light burned in 1984 just at the preservation group was being formed.  For more info. you can call 302-645-1148 or visit


Saturday, 4/9 – Flea Market – Seaside Nature Center located inside the Cape Henlopen State Park in Lewes.  Time?  From 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.  It is sponsored by the Friends of Cape Henlopen State Park. 


Items can be dropped off at the Nature Center Friday, 4/8 from 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.  For more info. please call 302-858-6127 or visit


Sunday, 4/10 – Autism Delaware half-marathon, 5K and children’s run.  All starting and ending at Irish Eyes on Anglers Rd., Lewes.  Registration starts at 6:45 a.m. and the runs will start at 7:50 a.m. to 8:15 a.m.

$10 for children’s run, other prices range from $20 to $55 depending on the race and date registered.  Runners can also raise money for Autism Delaware.  For more info., please call 302-644-3410 or visit


Thursday, 4/14 – Lewes Preservation Dinner, which is sponsored by the Lewes Historical Society to honor area residents for their commitment to historical preservation will be at the Lewes Yacht Club starting at 5:30 p.m.  $50.  Inf you need more info., please call 302-645-7670 or visit


Mark your calendars or see if you can make it to Lewes on the Week-End of April 15th and 16th.

It is the 2nd Annual Lewes Tulip Festival.  The Town of Lewes celebrates spring and the town’s Dutch heritage.  It is centered around Zwaanendael Park. 


In the fall of 2009, Lewes in Bloom selected red and white tulips and blue Muscari bulbs to showcase a red, white and blue theme; colors of the Dutch and American flags.


This past fall the addition of pink tulips will add to the color spectrum; also more red and white bulbs were planted, as well.

Trolley rides will be $5.  There will be photography exhibits, workshops about historical restoration; a quilt exhibit, as well.  For more info., please call 302-645-8073 or visit


April 16th is also Dutch-American Friendship Day, at the Zwaanendael Museum.  Focused on Lewes’s Dutch roots.  It is free from 10 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.  For info. please call 302-645-1148 or visit



Saturday, 4/16 – Plant Sale – Sponsored by the Beebe Medical Center Auxiliary.  Location?  Beebe’s Tunnell Cancer Center, at 18947 John J. Williams Highway (Rt. 24) near Midway.  9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.  Rain date?  It will be April 17th.  For more info., please call 302-645-3531.


Have a great time!!…talk to you later….

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