The Delaware River and Bay Lighthouse Foundation recently decided to drop its 30-year Coast Guard license and lease for the Liston Range Rear Lighthouse in Port Penn, Delaware.
In released statements the group said that the lighthouse has limited usefulness for public tours because of its location, which is surrounded by private property. Tours to the top of the lighthouse are also very difficult as the long winding stairway only has room for one person at a time to fit.
The group said it would instead focus its activities in Sussex County, Delaware where its stewardship of Harbor of Refuge and Delaware Breakwater East End Lighthouses are more viable for its long-range preservation and educational goals.
The tower was originally built as the Penn Rear Range Lighthouse and was moved to its current location in 1906. Automated in 1976, the tower still has a second order Fresnel lens and remains an active aid to navigation.
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