Barnegat Lighthouse


Barnegat Lighthouse – New Jersey

‘Barnegat Light, the second tallest lighthouse in the United States, was commissioned January 1, 1859.  The tower light was 165 feet above sea level.  It remained a first-class navigational light until August 1927, when the Barnegat Lightship was anchored 8 miles off of the coast.  The tower’s light was reduced over 80 percent, but it was not extinguished until January 1944.’

 Barnegat (2) (Old Barney)1859 (George G. Meade) (station established 1835). Reactivated (inactive 1944-2009); focal plane 163 ft (50 m); white flash every 10 s. 172 ft (52.5 m) brick tower with lantern and gallery. The Barnegat Light Museum, located nearby in a former schoolhouse, displays the original 1st order Fresnel lens. The lower half of the tower and the lantern roof are painted white, the upper half of the tower is bright red. The keeper’s house was destroyed in 1915. Pete Monte’s photo appears at the top of the page, Anderson has a fine page for the lighthouse, Long Beach Island also has a page with the history of the light station and a streaming video tour, Trabas has a photo, Wikimedia has numerous photos, Huelse has a historic postcard view, has excellent aerial photos, and Google has a satellite view. This light, a sibling of Absecon Light, was the tallest U.S. lighthouse when it was built, and it is still the third tallest brick tower in the U.S., according to Lighthouse Heritage data. The Barnegat Light Historical Society supports maintenance and operation of the light station. A major restoration was completed in 1991. The tower is threatened by beach erosion; in 2001 the Army Corps of Engineers spent $1.38 million for a rock seawall to protect it. However, a Corps survey showed the tower is leaning 22 inches (56 cm) away from the vertical. In 2003 the state spent $500,000 to repaint and restore the tower. In September 2008, it was announced that the lighthouse would be relit on New Year’s Day 2009. In 2011, town officials were negotiating to lease the light station from the state. Located at the end of Broadway, off Central Avenue (extension of Long Beach Boulevard), on the north end of Long Beach Island. Site open, lighthouse open daily year round. Owner: N.J. Division of Parks and Forestry. Site manager:Barnegat Lighthouse State Park. ARLHS USA-039; Admiralty J1223; USCG 2-0958. – The Lighthouse Directory

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