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Cape May in Cape May County, New Jersey — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Cape May Lighthouse

 
 
Cape May Lighthouse Marker image. Click for full size.
By R. C., October 13, 2007
1. Cape May Lighthouse Marker
Inscription.
Welcome to the
Cape May Lighthouse

For some 180 years, a lighthouse beacon has stood here at the southern tip of New Jersey, guarding the entrance to Delaware Bay. The present tower was constructed in 1859. Standing 157½ feet tall, it is the third lighthouse on this site, replacing earlier structures built in 1823 and 1847. Listed on the national Register of Historic Places, the present lighthouse is owned by the State of New Jersey, Division of Parks and Forestry, and is still operated by the U.S. Coast Guard as an active Aid to Navigation. Since December 1986, the Cape May Lighthouse has been leased to the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts (MAC), a non-profit organization located nearby in Cape May. MAC has assumed the responsibility of restoring the lighthouse, interpreting it as a historic site and opening it to the general public.

You may begin your Lighthouse visit at the Oil House, which contains an Orientation Exhibit and the Lighthouse Museum Shop.
 
Location. 38° 55.986′ N, 74° 57.613′ W. Marker is in Cape May, New Jersey, in Cape May County. Marker is on Lincoln Avenue. Touch for map. Located next to the Cape May Lighthouse State Park. Marker is at or near this postal address: 104 Lincoln Avenue, Cape May NJ 08204, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers.
Cape May Lighthouse Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 18, 2010
2. Cape May Lighthouse Marker
At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. All Shapes, Sizes and Materials (here, next to this marker); Oil House (a few steps from this marker); Fragile Flyers (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Swarms of Dragonflies (about 400 feet away); Flipper and Friends (about 500 feet away); Shorebirds Galore (about 600 feet away); Ridges, Rivers and Coastlines (about 700 feet away); What is it? (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Cape May.
 
Also see . . .  Cape May Lighthouse. Lighthouse Friends site. Includes photos of the first order Fresnel lens from the lighthouse. (Submitted on April 7, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
Additional comments.
1. Cape May World War II Defenses
The battery pictured was part of an chain of installations that protected the Delaware River approaches during World War II. The battery contained two six-inch guns and two 90mm anti-aircraft guns. These weapons linked with those of Fort Miles across the estuary in Delaware, armed with two massive sixteen-inch guns and two twelve-inch guns.
    — Submitted April 7, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.

 
Categories. Waterways & Vessels
 
Marker at the Cape May Lighthouse image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 27, 2009
3. Marker at the Cape May Lighthouse
The marker can be seen to the left of the opening in the fence.
Cape May Lighthouse image. Click for full size.
By R. C., October 13, 2007
4. Cape May Lighthouse
View of World War II gun emplacement from the top of the lighthouse. image. Click for full size.
By R. C., October 13, 2007
5. View of World War II gun emplacement from the top of the lighthouse.
Cape May as seen from the top of the lighthouse image. Click for full size.
By R. C., October 13, 2007
6. Cape May as seen from the top of the lighthouse
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on April 6, 2008, by R. C. of Shrewsbury, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 1,354 times since then and 19 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on April 6, 2008, by R. C. of Shrewsbury, New Jersey.   2. submitted on August 27, 2010, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.   3. submitted on August 28, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.   4, 5, 6. submitted on April 6, 2008, by R. C. of Shrewsbury, New Jersey. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.
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