Pennsville in Salem County, New Jersey — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Finns Point Rear Range Light
Erected in 1876 for the U.S. Lighthouse Service at a cost of $1200, the Finns Point Rear Range Light is constructed of wrought iron as opposed to cast iron typically used in similar towers. Wrought iron was considered ideal for a tall structure exposed to both high winds and elements because of its resistance to corrosion and stress fractures.
Prior to automating the lamp in 1939, imagine the lighthouse keeper climbing each of the 130 steps to the top twice each day - once at night to light the lamp and again in the morning to extinguish the flame.
Efforts to Save the Lighthouse
In the years following its decommissioning, the Finns Point Rear Range Light went through a period of neglect, and the lighthouse keepers home burned to the ground. The toolshed is believed to be all that remains.
Through the efforts of a local citizens group called the "Save the Lighthouse Committee" and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Finns Point Rear Range Light was restored in 1983. Today, the lighthouse is part of the Supawna Meadows National
Erected by National Park Serivce - U.S. Department of the Interior; State of New Jersey - Division of Parks and Forestry.
Location. 39° 37.017′ N, 75° 32.033′ W. Marker is in Pennsville, New Jersey, in Salem County. Marker is at the intersection of Fort Mott Road and Harrisonville Lighthouse Road on Fort Mott Road. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Pennsville NJ 08070, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Finns Point Rear Range Lighthouse (here, next to this marker); Supawna Meadows National Wildlife Refuge (within shouting distance of this marker); Gettysburg Address (approx. 1.2 miles away); Finnís Point National Cemetery (approx. 1.2 miles away); a different marker also named Finnís Point National Cemetery (approx. 1.2 miles away); Confederate Monument (approx. 1.2 miles away); Observation Towers (approx. 1.2 miles away); Union Monument (approx. 1.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Pennsville.
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on May 11, 2013, by Nate Davidson of Salisbury, Maryland. This page has been viewed 314 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on May 11, 2013, by Nate Davidson of Salisbury, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.