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Cape Henlopen Lighthouse Replica Damaged in Fire to be Demolished

$20,000 Reward Offered


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The damaged replica of the Cape Henlopen ...

A replica of Delaware’s lost Cape Henlopen Lighthouse at Lighthouse Cove in Dewey Beach, Delaware was severely damaged in a fire on April 23, 2020, which destroyed the Lighthouse Restaurant and Sunset Bar that was under construction next to the structure. Estimated damage was stated at $750,000. Several weeks after the fire it was determined that the lighthouse structure was too heavily damaged to be saved and would need to be demolished.

The Lighthouse Cove Development Company originally offered a $10,000 reward to anyone who could provide information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the fire that destroyed the restaurant part of the complex. However, we were informed at press time that the reward has now been raised to $20,000. Contact the Delaware Fire Marshall at 302-856-5600, if you have information.

The replica of the Cape Henlopen Lighthouse, shown in this story, is not to be confused with a different replica of the lighthouse that is located about three miles away in the middle of a roundabout on Delaware Route 1A in Rehoboth, Delaware.

The original Cape Henlopen Lighthouse was destroyed in 1926 when it collapsed down an eroding bluff.

This story appeared in the Jul/Aug 2020 edition of Lighthouse Digest Magazine. The print edition contains more stories than our internet edition, and each story generally contains more photographs - often many more - in the print edition. For subscription information about the print edition, click here.

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