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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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May 30th, 2011

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


Wind Turbine at College of Marines Studies, Lewes.  Height 256 ft., Weight 203 tons, Blade Length 144 feet

Wind Turbine at College of Marines Studies, Lewes. Height 256 ft., Weight 203 tons, Blade Length 144 feet

This has been one of the nicest Memorial Week-Ends at the Delaware Beaches.  The gates have opened and visitors arrived.  It is great to see them but it can get a little hectic.  Traffic overwhelms anyone that has been here through the winter.  We have to adjust to waiting in line for a couple of minutes and finding parking could be a test for patience.

The weather has been great.  Hot and sunny.  Beaches are crowded even though the water is still cold.

If you are visiting the Lewes area this is what’s going on this week. 

Historic Lewes is a walking town.  Founded in 1631 it is the first town in the first state.  It has everything; history, restaurants, museums, shops, the park and the bay.



Tuesday, 5/31 – Open-Air Concerts at Stango Park begin.  Stango Park is located at 110 Adams St. and King’s Highway.  This park is the home of the Lewes Library.  Concerts are right there and they are free.

On any given Tuesday throughout the summer you will see everyone carrying their chairs and blankets to enjoy a few hours of entertainment.  The concerts are from 7:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m.

The Funsters will be opening these series of concerts and they will be performing old swing favorites.  From Frank Sinatra to the Rolling Stones, The Beatles to Al Green.  It is a 10 member group with a guitarist that has toured with Joe Cocker, Scandal and Paul Young.

The following Tuesday, 6/7 Country Current (Rock./Pop) will be the evening’s performers. 

So, just gather the family since they are all welcomed, and sit back and enjoy the music.


Saturday, 6/4 – Historic Lewes Farmers’ Market from 8:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m.  Location?  Lewes Historical Society Complex located on 2nd & Shipcarpenter Streets. 

You will find fresh produce, fresh grass-fed meat and chicken, fresh fish, breads and baked goods, cut flowers and bedding plants.  Herbs, eggs and artisanal cheeses among other goodies.

If you want more info., just visit their website,


Saturday, 6/4 – Delaware Breakwater End Lighthouse Tour from 11:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.  All it takes is a short boat ride, then walk in the steps of the lighthouse keeper.  The tour includes the boat ride, the tour of the interior, a climb to the lantern room, and a sail-by at the Harbor of Refuge Light Station for a close by view and photos.


Visitors will tour only the Delaware Breakwater East End Lighthouse.  The sail-by the Harbor of Refuge Light Station will be weather permitting.  You will be able to then see the work that is underway; a new landing dock is being constructed; repairs are also being made to the breakwater wall by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

This tour is limited to ages 13 to adult on Saturdays. Price? $35. On Mondays children from 6 – 12 are welcomed to join in as Mondays are designated for “Locals and Families” tours.  On Mondays the cost for that age group is $15.  Monday 6/20 will be the first Locals and Families Tour.

Reservations are required.  You can call 302-644-7046 or visit  This website has so much information.  It is worth visiting.

All tours leave from the Lewes Ferry Terminal finger pier.

Cape May-Lewes Ferry arriving in Lewes

Cape May-Lewes Ferry arriving in Lewes


Saturday, 6/4 – National Trails Day – 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.  Join the Friends of Cape Henlopen to maintain and improve the trails and park.  A litte clean up, minor construction, etc. etc.  Meet at Hawk Pavilion.  Your help will be so much appreciated.  Please call for more info. 302-644-5005.


Have a great week.  Talk to you later…

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