Harbor of Refuge Light Station at the entrance to Delaware Bay.


The traditions and romance of Delaware's historic lighthouses will be explored in the first ever Delaware Lighthouse Festival that will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 11, 2012 on the green of the Cape May-Lewes Ferry terminal located at 43 Cape Henlopen Drive in Lewes, Del. Admission and parking are free and open to the public. For additional information, contact the Delaware River and Bay Lighthouse Foundation at 302-644-7046.

Activities will include tours of Delaware Breakwater East End Lighthouse, lectures by lighthouse experts, chats with descendants of local keepers, lighthouse photography tips, musical entertainment, special food and drink, children's activities, a canoe/kayak race to East End Lighthouse, an original lighthouse art and photography show, the Name the Lighthouse Osprey Contest and more.

In addition, the following organizations will be operating exhibit booths during the festival:

Delaware River and Bay Lighthouse Foundation: Delaware Lighthouse Trail, Harbor of Refuge Light Station, and Lighthouse keepers and their descendents. Lewes Historical Society: Cape Henlopen Lighthouse. Milford Museum: Mispillion Lighthouse. National Park Service: The National Historic Lighthouse Preservation Act. New Friends of Fenwick Island Lighthouse: Fenwick Island Lighthouse. Overfalls Foundation: Lightship Overfalls. U.S. Coast Guard: Modern aids to navigation. Zwaanendael Museum: Delaware Breakwater East End Lighthouse.

The Delaware Lighthouse Festival is held in conjunction with National Lighthouse Day, an annual celebration dedicated to "recognizing the important role which lighthouses played in the history of our country, and the values of safety, heroism, and American ingenuity which they represent." The festival is sponsored by the Delaware River and Bay Lighthouse Foundation in partnership with the Cape May-Lewes Ferry; Jack Lingo Realtor; and the Delaware Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs whose contributions included recruitment and organization of volunteers for the festival, display design, provision of a historical re-enactor performing songs of the sea and operation of an exhibit booth.