As was reported in the December 2002 edition of Lighthouse Digest, the Greenways Trails Committee in Lewes, Delaware had introduced a nearly $1 million preliminary plan to preserve the remains of the former Delaware Breakwater Range Rear Lighthouse Station. Additionally, the plan called for interpretative displays to be installed and the creation of a bird and wildlife sanctuary with public trails. Also, a few years prior, in 1998, a crew from AmeriCorps cleaned up the site.
However, Lighthouse Digest subscriber Katherine Williams and others, on a recent visit to the site, found that it had reverted back to its pre-1998 status. In fact, the sound of crunching glass from smashed bottles beneath their feet drowned out any other sounds that nature might have provided. And, even though it was the middle of the day, they were somewhat unsettled by the unsavory characters they encountered at the former lighthouse.
Hopefully the day will come, as the economy improves, when this site can be cleaned up, preserved and opened to the public as a nature preserve with interpretative signage about the lighthouse and the keepers who once served here. But, today it remains a shameful sign of the economic times.
This story appeared in the
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