Virtual Lighthouse Challenge: Cape May

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Cape May 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 Cape May Lighthouse put together this virtual climb of the light tower.

Virtual Climb of Cape May Lighthouse

I visited the Cape May Lighthouse during the 2019 20th Anniversary Challenge. The Cape May Lighthouse was built in 1859. It was the third tower built on the site as the first two were claimed by the ocean and are now underwater.

The State of New Jersey owns the lighthouse, which is incorporated into Cape May Point State Park. The Coast Guard maintains the signal which is still an active navigational aid. It was automated in 1946.

Cape May Lighthouse

The lighthouse is 157 feet tall with over 200 steps to the top. It was restored and opened for the public to climb in 1988, After taking in the views from the top, I perused the museum down below and then walked some of the park’s trails.

Cape May Lighthouse

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Location: 215 Light House Ave, Cape May, NJ 08204

Designation: National Register of Historic Places

Date designated or established: November 12, 1973

Date of my visit: October 19, 2019

Cape May Lighthouse