Atlantic City in Atlantic County, New Jersey — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
The keeper’s dwelling was demolished in the 1940’s, leaving the tower and little else to occupy the site. The site has been owned by the State of New Jersey since 1966. The keeper’s dwelling was reconstructed on its original foundations. Its exterior replicates the enlarged post-1903 keeper’s dwelling, although the interior and certain exterior features were adapted to meet the needs current visitors and staff. It was re-opened to the public in October 2002.
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Lightkeepers of Absecon Lighthouse
Principal Lighthouse Keepers:
Daniel Scull 1856
William Bartlett 1861
John S. Nixon 1865
Abraham G. Wolf 1873
Thomas Bills 1896
Knud Hansen 1914
The life of a keeper was exacting in its demand for strict adherence
The keeper is responsible for the care and management of the light, and for the station in general. He must enforce a careful attention to duty on the part of his assistants, who are required to observe the orders of the keepers in all matters connected with the duties of the Light-House Establishment. Any disobedience of such orders will be held as a sufficient cause for recommending the discharge of an assistant.
Instructions for Light-Keepers and Masters of Light-House Vessels,
By Authority of the Light-House Board, 1902
Location. 39° 21.969′ N, 74° Touch for map. Marker is located in front of the reconstructed Keeper's Dwelling 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 Whaling Bark Stafford (within shouting distance of this marker); Lighthouse History (within shouting distance of this marker); Assistant Keepers’ Dwelling (within shouting distance of this marker); Absecon Lighthouse (within shouting distance of this marker); The Life-Saving Station (within shouting distance of this marker); 44th National Encampment Grand Army of the Republic (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); 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. Three photographs of the tower and the keeper’s dwelling appear on the Keeper’s Dwelling marker. These have captions of, “The original Lighthouse keeper’s dwelling and attached tower as it looked before 1893. The assistant keepers’ dwelling is to the right of the tower.”; “The keeper’s dwelling, tower and assistant keepers’
Three other photographs are on the Lightkeepers of Absecon Lighthouse side of the marker. A picture at the upper left, from the Collection of the Atlantic County Historical Society, depicts “Knud Hansen inspecting the hydrangeas on the Lighthouse grounds.” At the upper right is a portrait of Abraham G. Wolf, from the Collection of the Atlantic County Historical Society. Below this is a photo of “Lighthouse keeper Thomas Bills, 2nd Assistant Knud Hansen and 1st Assistant Frank Adams, 1910. Collection of Fred Hansen.”
Also see . . . Historic Absecon Lighthouse website. (Submitted on August 21, 2011, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
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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 489 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on August 21, 2011, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.