Cape Henlopen State Park celebrating 50th anniversary – Cape Gazette


The iconic Cape Henlopen Lighthouse stood on the dunes for nearly 175 years before it fell into the ocean.

Actual history dates back to William Penn

The history of Cape Henlopen State Park dates back 50 years, but the rich history of the Cape area dates back centuries. Although designated as public lands, the park was used by the U.S. government during the late 18th century and most of the 19th century.

There is no way to completely list the expansive history of the park area. Included are a few of the highlights over the past four centuries.

See special pages commemorating the park’s history – including a timeline of events – as a PDF here.


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