Cape May Lighthouse: NRHP

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2019 Lighthouse Challenge of NJ»

The Lighthouse Challenge of NJ celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2019. I visited the Cape May lighthouse about halfway through my road trip.

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After leaving East Point and the Maurice River, I headed to Cape May. The Cape May Lighthouse was built in 1859. It was the third tower built as the first two were claimed by the ocean and are now underwater.

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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.

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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.

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

Designation: National Register of Historic Places

Date established/designated: November 12, 1973

Date of my visit: October 19, 2019

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