Highlands in Monmouth County, New Jersey — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
The noise from the engines housed inside was incredibly loud. Local residents complained about this and also about the intensity of light coming from the south tower. Blackout panels were installed on the landward side of the south tower, but nothing could be done about the noise.
In 1917, the machinery needed costly repairs. The Light House Board decided not to repair it, but instead replaced the electric lamp with an incandescent oil vapor lamp that was used until 1924 when commercial electrical power became available. The original machinery was removed in 1921, broken up and discarded because it was no longer needed.
Today the powerhouse is used as an exhibit building to display Twin Lights’ famous south tower Fresnel lens.
Twin Lights was the first primary
This building, completed in 1909, replaced an earlier wood structure built in 1898.
Erected by NJ Department of Environmental Protection, Division of Parks & Forestry.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & Commerce • Waterways & Vessels. A significant historical year for this entry is 1898.
Location. 40° 23.761′ N, 73° 59.139′ W. Marker is in Highlands, New Jersey, in Monmouth County. Marker can be reached from Lighthouse Road. Marker is located at the Twin Lights Historic Site, at the south end of the parking lot. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Highlands NJ 07732, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Twin Lights Mystery Cannon (within shouting distance of this marker); The Navesink Highlands Light Station (within shouting distance of this marker); Navesink Light Station (within shouting distance of this marker); Spermaceti Cove Lifeboat Station (within shouting distance of this marker); Marconi at Twin Lights (within shouting distance of this marker); Telegraph and Radar at Twin LightsThe Old North Tower (within shouting distance of this marker); Highlands Doughboy World War I Monument (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Highlands.
More about this marker. The bottom left of the marker contains The Hornsby Akroyd Company Advertisement. “Hornsby Akroyd engines ran on kerosene and were used to turn electric dynamos that powered the south tower beacon. There were two of these engines in this powerhouse. Courtesy of Ray Hooley” Next to this is a copy of a “Letter of Complaint about the South Tower Beacon, July 26, 1898. Courtesy of the National Archives.” The right of the marker features a photograph of “Lighthouse Keeper Murphy Rockett examining the South Tower Fresnel Lens, 1937. At 25,000,000-candle power, this was one of the brightest beacons in the United States. Courtesy of the Twin Lights Historical Society.”
Also see . . . Twin Lights Historical Society. Society website homepage (Submitted on April 10, 2021, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.)
Credits. This page was last revised on April 10, 2021. It was originally submitted on September 23, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 788 times since then and 18 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on September 23, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey.