Virtual Lighthouse Challenge: Tucker’s Lighthouse

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Tucker’s 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 Tucker’s Lighthouse put together this virtual tour of the light and museum.

Virtual Tour of Tucker’s Lighthouse

I visited the Tuckerton Seaport during the 2018 Challenge. Tuckerton Seaport is a working maritime village with some historic and some recreated buildings around a mile-long boardwalk on Tuckerton Creek.

The lighthouse is one of the recreated buildings because the original fell into the ocean in 1927 as the island on which it sat eroded away. Tucker’s Island was completely gone by 1952.

The reproduction in Tuckerton Seaport is modeled after the 1868 lighthouse on Tucker’s Island. Tucker’s Island was originally a part of Long Beach Island but the ocean cut an inlet through it in the 1800s, creating a separate small ocean resort island with hotels, homes, a coast guard station and a lighthouse. All of this washed away in the early 1900s as the island was reclaimed by the sea.

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Location: 120 West Main Street, Tuckerton, New Jersey 08087

Designation: Maritime Museum Village

Date designated or established: May 2000

Date of my visit: 10/20/2018