History on the Line: The Fenwick Island Lighthouse

On a sunny spring Saturday in April I was in Rehoboth Beach for a talk so afterwards I ventured down to Fenwick Island to take some photos of the Transpeninsular Line.   The 1751 survey for this important boundary established the southern limit for William Penn’s three lower counties (now Delaware).  Later in 1763, the line was accepted by Charles Mason and Jeremiah Dixon when they started work on sorting out the border between Maryland and William Penn’s grant.  At the lighthouse is an old stone monument erected April 26, 1751.  It bears the coat of arms of the Calvert’s on the south side and the Penn’s on the north side.   The lighthouse, where the waist-high monument is located, was completed in 1859.

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A waist high stone marks the Transpeninsular LIne between Delaware and Maryland

A waist high stone marks the Transpeninsular LIne between Delaware and Maryland

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