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Absecon Lighthouse

 
 
Absecon Lighthouse Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 19, 2011
1. Absecon Lighthouse Marker
Inscription. Over the years, these grounds contained a variety of buildings that supported the Lighthouse operation. As you look around, envision the oil storage house with a greenhouse and sheds behind it, a square brick building housing the Weather Bureau to the left and the Life-Saving Station in the right corner. All these buildings were within the confines of the present corner property.

Weather Bureau
The Department of Agriculture Weather Bureau constructed a two-story building on the west side of the site in 1901. The building was wedged onto a 100’ x 50’ plot, and apparently caused rancor between employees of the Weather Bureau and those of the Lighthouse Service. As a result, a board fence was constructed to separate the Weather Bureau from the Lighthouse property. Relations eventually improved and the board fence was replaced with a more neighborly picket fence in 1912.

Oil House
Absecon’s light was first illuminated using mineral oil. The Lighthouse lamps consumed two gallons of oil daily in the summer and three and a half gallons daily in the winter, when nights are longer. Oil was stored in a separate building a short distance from the Light. The brick oil house that you see today was the second one on the Lighthouse grounds and the only one of at least seven original outbuildings to survive. It provided
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By Bill Coughlin, August 19, 2011
2. Marker at the Oil House
The Oild House, seen here, is one of the original buildings on the Lighthouse grounds. Today it contains exhibits and information about the Absecon Lighthouse.
a separate, secure storage space for Lighthouse oil until at least 1921.

Greenhouse
Around the turn of the 20th century, a greenhouse was built to supply plants for the site’s gardens. Once the Federal Lighthouse Board discovered its existence, the Board ordered the greenhouse dismantled, along with the gardens. By then, the gardens had become a much-loved institution, and the community protested vehemently. Even these protests could not sway the Lighthouse Board. The gardens and greenhouse disappeared from the site.
 
Location. 39° 21.992′ N, 74° 24.853′ W. Marker is in Atlantic City, New Jersey, in Atlantic County. Marker is on S Vermont Avenue, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is located next to the Oil House at the Absecon Lighthouse. Marker is in this post office area: Atlantic City NJ 08401, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Life-Saving Station (a few steps from this marker); Assistant Keepers’ Dwelling (a few steps from this marker); Lighthouse History (within shouting distance of this marker); 44th National Encampment Grand Army of the Republic (within shouting distance of this marker); Keeper’s Dwelling
Absecon Lighthouse Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 19, 2011
3. Absecon Lighthouse Marker
(within shouting distance of this marker); The Whaling Bark Stafford (within shouting distance of this marker); Edna Patricia Hall (approx. 0.2 miles away); They Called It “KY & The Curb” (approx. one mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Atlantic City.
 
More about this marker. The bottom of the marker features a map of the Lighthouse grounds as it was over a hundred years ago. In addition to the location of the marker, the map shows the original positions of the Weather Bureau, Oil House, Greenhouse, storage buildings, 1887 Life-Saving Station, Keepers Dwelling, Lighthouse Tower, Assistant Keepers Dwellings and fences.
 
Also see . . .  Historic Absecon Lighthouse website. (Submitted on August 21, 2011, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
 
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Absecon Lighthouse image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 19, 2011
4. Absecon Lighthouse
The marker is located near the Absecon Lighthouse. At 171 feet, this lighthouse is the third tallest lighthouse in the United States and the tallest in New Jersey.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 21, 2011, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 586 times since then and 24 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on August 21, 2011, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.
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