Fenwick Island DE
Delaware and Maryland, where Fenwick Island lies, is part of the same landmass. Ocean City MD is two miles from Fenwick Island. It is not a barrier island, but part of a peninsula stretching into the Atlantic. Delaware enjoys no state sales taxes, no personal property taxes and the lowest property taxes around. That might be why only seven cops are needed to keep safe the 379 people living on less than one-half square mile of land on Fenwick Island. They live one hundred miles from such metropolises as Baltimore and Philadelphia, where they work in the professional services and finance. The island does a great tourist and retail business as well. Kids living there attend Selbyville schools. Area colleges include University of Maryland-Eastern Shore, Delaware State University and Delaware Technical and Community College-Owens. Did you know Delaware is called the Diamond State? Did you know Delaware hosts the largest frying pan in the world? It is 10 feet around and holds over 200 gallons of liquid.
Pirates once hid here from those who would hunt them down. It belonged to George Calvert, Lord Baltimore 1680. He sold a parcel of land called "Fishing Harbor" to William Stevens, who in turn sold it to Thomas Fenwick in 1692. When Fenwick's daughter married, her husband took over the island, so it stayed in the family. Close to the island lay shallow waters on which many ships foundered. In 1856 the U. S. Army Corp of Engineers built a lighthouse. Two years later was constructed a two-story house for the lighthouse keeper. Eighty years later, cottages were built on the island. The island was incorporated in 1953.
Fenwick Island offers one town park, located next to City Hall. There, new
homeowners will find a gazebo, playground equipment and shuffleboard court. A smaller park next to the Public Works building has a basketball court. There is also a butterfly garden for the relaxation and pleasure of new home buyers.
Fenwick Island and Bethany Beach have events for newcomers that are mostly outdoors. Things like 5K walks and runs, crop walking, bicycle tours, polar bear diving and farmer's markets are all designed to get folks out and about.
Pirate Adventures is a family attraction on Fenwick Island that lets them be a pirate for a day. More fun can be had at the Shipwreck Museum or Viking Amusements Waterpark.