East Point Lighthouse: NRHP

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2019 Lighthouse Challenge of NJ»

The East Point Light was my third stop in The Lighthouse Challenge of NJ, which celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2019.

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The East Point Light, formerly known as the Maurice River Light, is the second oldest lighthouse in New Jersey. Built in 1849, it stands watch over the Delaware Bay at the mouth of the Maurice River.

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The light was deactivated in 1941 and lay neglected until it was reactivated by the Coast Guard in 1980. It underwent a complete restoration in 2017 and is now open to the public as a museum. The beacon is an active navigational aid.

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Inside, I toured the light-keeper’s quarters. It was a fairly large house for those days and the keepers were relatively well-paid. I climbed to the light tower for a view of the river and the bay.

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Outside I walked along the eroding shoreline. There are sandbags in place to try to save the light with more permanent measures planned for the future. I also saw butterflies everywhere…East Point is on the migratory path of the Monarch.

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Location: 10 Lighthouse Rd, Heislerville, NJ 08324

Designation: National Register of Historic Places

Date established/designated: 1849, added to NRHP August 25, 1995

Date of my visit: October 19, 2019

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