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Fenwick Island

Sussex County,

Delaware

Zip Code

"The Quiet Resorts"


The Delaware state capital is Dover.


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Zip Codes

19944

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Statistics & Facts

The population of Fenwick Island is approximately 235 (2000).

The amount of land area in Fenwick Island is 0.889 sq. kilometers.
The amount of surface water is 0.367 sq kilometers.
The distance from Fenwick Island to Washington DC is 115 miles. The distance to the Delaware state capital is 54 miles. (as the crow flies)
Fenwick Island is positioned 38.46 degrees north of the equator and 75.05 degrees west of the prime meridian.

Fenwick Island elevation is 4 feet above sea level.
Fenwick Island miscellany.

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Location

Fenwick Island location: in the southeast corner of Delaware on the border with Maryland. Here is a map page for the island.

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History & History Related Items

Fenwick Island history:

The island was named after Thomas Fenwick who was a wealthy Virginia landowner who purchased the land in 1686. At that time there was quite a dispute between Pennsylvania and Maryland over whose jurisdiction in which the island was located. In 1751, the conflict was ended when the Transpeninsular Line placed Fenwick Island in Delaware.

James and Jacob Brasure, local residents, began to extract salt from the ocean in 1775. This became a large business in the area until around 1825. After World War I, Fenwich Island became popular as a resort and vacation place.

Fenwick was both founded and incorporated in 1953. The Fenwick Island Lighthouse is still a working lighthouse. It is located on the Maryland-Delaware border. The Transpeninsular Line for east to west ran though the lighthouse site in 1751. The lighthouse and monument are open for visiting during special hours and days. Please call ahead to make sure it is open.
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Attractions

Fenwick Island attractions:

The DiscoverSea Shipwreck Museum
708 Ocean Highway
Fenwick Island, Delaware 19944
Phone: 302-539-9366
See hundreds of artifacts from shipwrecks and the colonial past of the area.

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Fenwick Island Lighthouse
First lit on 1 August 1859, this lighthouse has played an important role in this isolated community. Please call ahead for hours of operation so you aren't disappointed when you arrive.

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