Virtual Lighthouse Challenge: Finn’s Point

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Finn’s Point Lighthouse Virtual Tour

Every October the NJ Lighthouse Society runs the Lighthouse Challenge of New Jersey in order to raise funds for the state’s historic lighthouses and maritime sites. This year, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the event was mostly virtual. Volunteers at the Finn’s Point Lighthouse put together this aerial tour of the light tower.

Virtual Tour of Finn’s Point Lighthouse

I visited Finn’s Point Lighthouse during the 2019 20th Anniversary Challenge. The Finn’s Point Light is a rear range light, designed to work in tandem with a front range light. Finn’s Point is the place where the Delaware River meets the Delaware Bay. It is named for the Finnish settlers who colonized the area in the 1600s. Today, it is part of the Supawna Meadows National Wildlife Refuge.

The river was dredged and the channel widened in 1950, ending the need for the lighthouse. The keepers dwellings were demolished and the rear range iron tower fell into disrepair.

The department of US Fish and Wildlife restored the lighthouse and recreated the keepers’ house to serve as the visitor center for the National Wildlife Refuge. They reopened the tower for tours in 2013.

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Location: Fort Mott & Lighthouse Rds, Pennsville, NJ 08070

Designation: National Register of Historic Places

Date designated or established: 1876, added to NRHP August 30, 1978

Date of my visit: October 19, 2019

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