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CAPE MAY LIGHT

State: NEW JERSEY
Location: DELAWARE BAY ENTRANCE
Nearest City: CAPE MAY
County: CAPE MAY
U.S.C.G. District: 5
Year Station Established: 1823


Cape May Light
NPS photo by Jennifer Perunko, 2004
Existing Historic Tower:
  • Year Light First Lit: 1859
  • Is the Light Operational? YES
  • Date Deactivated: N/A
  • Automated: 1946
  • Foundation Materials: SURFACE ROCK
  • Construction Materials: BRICK
  • Markings/Patterns: BIEGE TOWER W/RED LANTERN
  • Shape: CONICAL
  • Relationship to Other Structures: SEPARATE
  • Tower Height: 157
  • Original Optic: FIRST ORDER, FRESNEL
  • Year Original Lens Installed: 1853
  • Present Optic: DCB-36
  • Year Present Lens Installed: 1946
  • Height of Focal Plane: 175
  • Fresnel Lens Disposition: FIRST ORDER LENS AT CAPE MAY COUNTY COURTHOUSE
Previous Tower(s):
  • 1. Construction Date: 1823
  • Description: CONICAL TOWER
  • Fate/Disposition: ERODED
  • 2. Construction Date: 1847
  • Description: CONICAL TOWER
  • Fate/Disposition: DEMOLISHED C. 1859 DUE TO POOR CONSTRUCTION
Modern Tower? NO

Existing Sound Signal Building? NO

Existing Keepers Quarters? YES
  • Year Constructed: 1860
  • Number of Stories: 2
  • Architectural Style: CAPE COD
  • Construction Materials: WOOD
Other Structures: STORAGE BUILDING, BRICK OIL HOUSE (1893)

Current Use: ACTIVE AID TO NAVIGATION/HISTORIC SITE IN STATE PARK

Owner/Manager: STATE OF NEW JERSEY LEASE TO MID-ATLANTIC CTR FOR ARTS

Web Site: WWW.CAPEMAYMAC.ORG

Open to the Public? YES (Go to Lighthouses to Visit by Region for access information)

National Register Status: LISTED; Reference #73001090
Name of Listing: CAPE MAY LIGHTHOUSE
On State List/Inventory? YES; Year Listed: 1973

Miscellaneous:



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