Mahon River Light

Sept. 17, 2019

Mahon River Light, Port Mahon, Delaware

Establishedi n 1903.


Location: Port Mahon, Delaware, on the west side of the mouth of the river
Station Established: 1831
Year Current Tower(s) First Lit: 1955
Operational: Yes
Deactivated: N/A
Foundation Materials:
Construction Materials: Steel
Tower Shape: Skeletal
Markings/Pattern: White, small white house
Characteristic: Flashing white with 2 red sectors
Relationship to Other Structure:
Original Lens:
Fog Signal: None

Historical Information:

  • There is very little information on the history of this light. There was a lighthouse built in 1903.
  • The light was an octagonal tower on the roof of a two story wooden keeper’s dwelling.
  • That light was discontinued in 1955, the same year as the current tower was lit.  A fire in 1984 destroyed the 1903 house.
  • The current tower is an active aid to navigation and not open to the public.

Researched and written by Melissa Buckler, a member of the Chesapeake Chapter of the U.S. Light House Society.