Cape Henlopen Light, DE.

Dawn - October 1, 1924

“A Melancholy Day, A Somber Future”

The morning of Oct.1, 1924 would be the last operational dawn for the historic landmark which had existed for 157 years. Erosion threatened its safety and eventually its very existence. By 1926 the loss of sand would totally undermine the foundations of both tower and house. About 1;00 PM, April 13, 1926 the Cape Henlopen tower, which had stood since early colonial times, toppled down the 46'dune. Today, much of the stone, brick and ironwork still exist in the homes of Lewes residents as souvenirs, fireplaces and walls.

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