Updated 5/9/2018


 June 16th meeting will be in Pennsville under the tent at Riverview Beach Park. We visited there in 2011 & 2012.
                    See below for directions.

Finns Point Lighthouse/Refuge Shop will only be open for climbing before the meeting from about 9:30 - 11:15.
It is normally just open the 3rd Sunday each month from April to Oct.
See below for directions.

        09:30 - 11:15 AM  Finn's Point LH open for climbing and visit to the Refuge Shop.
        10:30 - 11:15 AM  Membership sign in and hospitality at Riverview Beach Park
        11:30 - 12:15 PM  General Membership Meeting
        12:30 - 01:15 PM  Lunch - BRING YOUR OWN
        01:15 - 03:00 PM  Activities + Program TBA


Finn's Point LH
197 Lighthouse Road
Pennsville, NJ

Directions to Finns Point from Pennsville:
    1 - A - When going to the lighthouse before the meeting, and coming from the north,
               proceed past Riverview Park for about another mile. Follow 2 - 4 below.
         B - If going after the meeting, to just view the LH, as you exit the park (W. Pittsfield St) make a right onto Rt 49,
               go about a mile. Follow 2 - 4 below.
    2 - Go to the third traffic light, just past a WAWA on your left. This is Fort Mott Rd. Make a Right.
    3 - Go about another 1 1/2 miles to a fork in the road. Bear left at the fork. This is Old Fort Mott Road.
    4 - The lighthouse will be right in front of you.

Directions to Finn's Point coming up Route 49
    1 - At about mile post 8 you will cross over the Salem River and enter Pennsville Township.
    2 - In just under 2 miles from here you will see a sign for 'Supawna Meadows' on your right.
    3 - Just after the sign, Lighthouse Road will be on your left.
    4 - Turn left onto Lighthouse Road and follow it to the Light, which will be on your left.

Interactive Google Map:
Directions to Riverview Beach Park:
    From the North: 1 - A - Taking the NJ TPK to the end, pay toll and take exit 1, last exit before toll,
                                            following signs for Route 49 East, Pennsville/Salem.
                                     B - Taking 295 to the end, keeping to the right, take exit 1, last exit before toll,
                                            following signs for Route 49 East, Pennsville/Salem
                                2 - Continue East on Route 49 for about 2 1/4 miles. Go past the park and make the first right
                                     onto  West Pittsfield St. Laughrey Funeral home will be on your right just before the turn.
                                3 - Go all the way to the end where the parking lot will be on your right. Look for the tent.

    From the Northern shore area: Pickup Route 195 West to NJ TPK or 295 and follow directions above.

    From the Southern shore area: 1 -  Pickup the GSP and take exit 25. At the end of the ramp, if going south,
                                                                make a right onto Roosevelt Blvd. If going north, make a left turn onto
                                                                Roosevelt Blvd.
                                                          2 - Continue on Roosevelt Blvd for about 1/2 mile merging onto Tuckahoe Rd,
                                                                Route 631.
                                                          3 - Go about 5 miles then merge with Route 50 north.
                                                          4 - Go another 2 miles into the town of Tuckahoe and look to make a left turn onto
                                                                Route 49 West. It is well marked.
                                                          5 - Continue on Route 49 for about 48 miles to Pennsville. When entering town,
                                                                the road will bear right. West Pittsfield St is just past the curve on your left.
                                                                Laughrey funeral home  will be on your far left corner.
                                                          6 -
Go all the way to the end where the parking lot will be on your right.
                                                                 Look for the tent.

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SEPT 15th - Surf City Volunteer Fire Co., Surf City, LBI
DEC 8th - Mastoris, Bordentown

Pictures from Mastoris Holiday Luncheon



A special THANK YOU to Mike McGowan for taking the pictures

Directions to Absecon Lighthouse: Once in Atlantic City, turn north on either Atlantic Ave. or Pacific Ave. From Pacific Ave.,
turn left onto Rhode Island Ave. and park in front of the lighthouse, or turn left on Vermont Ave. and use parking lot on lighthouse property.
From Atlantic Ave., turn right onto either Rhode Island Ave. or Vermont Ave.

Congress approved the building of Absecon Lighthouse: August 1854.

Land for the lighthouse was transferred to the federal government by the Camden and Atlantic Land Company on December 5, 1854 for the sum of $520.

The engineer was Lt. George Gordon Meade (of the Battle of Gettysburg, Civil War fame). Construction was started by Major Hartman Bache,
continued by Lt. George Meade and completed by Lt. Col. William Raynolds.

Absecon Lighthouse was first lighted: January 15, 1857

Characteristic: Fixed white light of the first order

Lens: Made by L. Sautter of Paris, France in 1854 especially for Absecon Lighthouse

Height from ground to top of ventilator: 171”

Steps to watch room: 228, 12 more to lantern room for a total of 240 steps

Focal plane: 167”

Range: 19.5 nautical miles or 20 standard miles

Diameter: at base- 26” 4’ – at top: 12”

Inside diameter: 10” from ground to watch room

Bricks used for original construction: 598,634

Decommissioned July 11, 1933


Daymark (The outside color of the tower changed many times):

            1857: Natural brick

            1871: White, red, white

            1897: Orange, black, orange

            Early 1900’s: Yellow, black, yellow (1902 or earlier)

            (Decommissioned on July 11, 1933)

            1948: White, blue, white (with a blue lantern room) Owned by the city of Atlantic

                      City. These were the city’s colors.

            Early 1970’s:White, red, white (for second time) now owned by state of NJ.

            1998: Yellow, black, yellow (These were the colors that it wore for the longest

                       period of time. Also the colors it was painted during the period 

                       of interpretations selected for historic reasons (From the time the lantern

                       was electrified [1925] to the time it was decommissioned [1933].


Placed on New Jersey Register of Historic Places: (August 13 or September 11, 1970)

Placed on National Register of Historic Places: January 25, 1971

Principal Keepers of Absecon Lighthouse:

            Daniel L. Scull – 1857

            William Bartlett - 1861                    

            John F. Nixon – 1865

            Abraham G. Wolf – 1873

            Thomas Bills – 1896

            Knud Hanson 1914


In addition to the principal keeper, there were two assistant keepers.

At least 26 men and one woman held the title of Keeper of Absecon Lighthouse during its years as an active aide to navigation.


During Absecon Lighthouse’s 76 years of service at least fourteen children were born there and at least seven people, including one infant, died there.


1988: The Inlet Public/Private Association (IPPA) was formed to advocate for the redevelopment of the Inlet section of Atlantic City.
It immediately adopted the lighthouse as its logo.

1994 - 1995: The IPPA adopted Absecon Lighthouse for restoration purposes and had a Historic Structure Report done with a $50,000
grant from the city of Atlantic City. Architectural Firm of Watson & Henry prepared the HSR.

1997: Restoration of tower and reconstruction of keeper’s house were started.

1998: On July 6th, the nearly completed keeper’s residence was lost in a fire. The tower was not harmed.

1999: The tower was opened to visitors in April. The lantern was relit on a daily basis.

2000: Rebuilding of the keeper’s residence was once more resumed.

2001: The newly reconstructed keeper’s house was opened to the public in October.


Absecon Lighthouse is owned by the State of New Jersey,

Department of Environmental Protection,

Division of Parks and Forestry.


It is leased to the IPPA for restoration and operation.



            Absecon Lighthouse

            31 South Rhode Island Avenue

            Atlantic City, NJ 08401

            Telephone: (609) 449-1360

            Fax: (609) 449-1919


Executive Director:

            Jean Muchanic

Education Director:

            Milt Glenn                                                      

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