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HEREFORD INLET LIGHT (OLD)

State: NEW JERSEY
Location: HEREFORD INLET ENTRANCE
Nearest City: NORTH WILDWOOD
County: CAPE MAY
U.S.C.G. District: 5
Year Station Established: 1874


Hereford Inlet Light (Old)
NPS photo by Ralph Eshelman, ca. 1995
Existing Historic Tower:
  • Year Light First Lit: 1874
  • Is the Light Operational? YES
  • Date Deactivated: 1964-1983
  • Automated: 1964
  • Foundation Materials: WOOD PILINGS
  • Construction Materials: WOOD
  • Markings/Patterns: WHITE W/BLACK LANTERN
  • Shape: SQUARE
  • Relationship to Other Structures: INTEGRAL
  • Tower Height: 57
  • Original Optic: FOURTH ORDER, FRESNEL
  • Year Original Lens Installed: 1874
  • Present Optic: MODERN OPTIC
  • Year Present Lens Installed: 1986
  • Height of Focal Plane: 53
  • Fresnel Lens Disposition: FOURTH ORDER ON DISPLAY IN MUSEUM
Previous Tower(s):
  • 1. Construction Date:
  • Description:
  • Fate/Disposition:
Modern Tower? NO

Existing Sound Signal Building? NO

Existing Keepers Quarters? YES
  • Year Constructed: 1874
  • Number of Stories: 2
  • Architectural Style: VICTORIAN (INTEGRAL)
  • Construction Materials: WOOD
Other Structures:

Current Use: MUSEUM / PRIVATE AID TO NAVIGATION

Owner/Manager: STATE OF NEW JERSEY / TOWN OF NORTH WILDWOOD / HEREFORD INLET LIGHTHOUSE COMMISSSION

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

Web Site: Link

National Register Status: LISTED; Reference #77000859
Name of Listing: HEREFORD LIGHTHOUSE
On State List/Inventory? YES; Year Listed: 1976

Miscellaneous:
LIGHTHOUSE WAS MOVED 150 FEET WEST IN 1914; NEW IRON TOWER ERECTED 1915 WHICH REPLACED OLD LIGHT FROM 1964 TO 1983; OPTIC RETURNED TO OLD TOWER 1986



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