Chamber of Commerce.
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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The DiscoverSea Shipwreck Museum
708 Ocean Highway
Fenwick Island, Delaware 19944
See hundreds of artifacts from shipwrecks and the colonial past of the area.
Sussex County area information
Things to do in the area
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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Indian River School District
31 Hoosier St.
Rte. 2, Box 156
Selbyville, DE 19975
Fax: (302) 436-1034
The Indian River School District serves the towns of Selbyville, Frankford, Dagsboro, Gumboro, Fenwick Island, Bethany Beach, Ocean View, Millsboro and Georgetown. It is one of the largest districts in the state. Fenwick Island
Miscellany The population of Fenwick Island was:
1990 - 186
2000 - 235