Updated 9/25/2018


Next meeting, Dec 8 - Holiday Luncheon Meeting
                                Mastoris Diner/Restaurant, Bordentown, NJ
                                Paid Members only.

This is a Thank You Meeting for NJLHS members. Many members who attended the September meeting have already paid the $15 donation for the reservation.

Any members who wish to attend the December 8th meeting must email Faith Giamboi, our treasurer, to make a reservation or to ask questions. Email:

Please make reservations as soon as possible. After the reservation is made, FAITH will email you her address to send the name of each member attending with your check of $15 (reservation/donation) for each adult member and $10 for each child 12 and under. Please make check out to NJLHS.

Remember this is a Thank You to all our members for their help throughout the year. Therefore, we will be following the same rules as trips. You must be a member. Because of the cost of the luncheon and the fact that the Mastoris’ must have an exact count, payment is due by DECEMBER 1st.

Holiday Basket Auction – December 8


Have you enjoyed the baskets at past holiday luncheons? LOTS of hard work by Karl and Anne Fahringer went into making those baskets. They will not be doing the baskets this year. Time for them to have a break and travel. So, we will try a different approach where we all share in the work. You are invited to bring a completed basket to the holiday luncheon. If you decide to bring a basket, here are the guidelines:


The basket and contents should be worth at least $25. 

Items should be new, unless a "collectable".

A 3X5 or larger card listing the contents of your basket should be attached. Print NEATLY so that all may read.


Enclosing your basket in a clear plastic bag will make it easier to transport and let people see the contents.  A "basket" is NOT required. A decorative bag could be used. Books or puzzles could be tied together. Etc.


Please send  an email to telling what you are planning to bring--  just so we have an idea of how many and what kind of baskets are being brought. You are still welcome to bring a basket that day even if you haven't told us in advance.


Your "basket" might have a theme such as:


Coffee/ Tea

Baking - Cookie, Cupcakes

Cooking - American, Mexican, Italian, Chinese

Candy/ Chocolate

Ice Cream - Dishes, sauces etc

Movie Night - popcorn, candy 


Party in a Basket

New Year’s Eve 2019

Game Night


Lighthouse Books




Office Supplies

Car Care - Supplies in a bucket maybe

Spa / Bath - lotions, shower gel, bubble bath, soap dispenser, 

Pets - Birds, Cats, Dogs

Gardening - hand tools, gloves

Gift Cards - Can you get donations from your favorite restaurant?

Lottery Scratch Offs

NOTE: If you do not have $25 worth of gift cards or lottery scratch offs, bring what you have and we will merge donations together

From Rt 195:
Westbound - Take exit 5B onto Rt 130 South.
                       Mastoris will be about 5 miles down on your right just before the merge with Rt 206.
Eastbound - Take exit 5A onto Rt 130 South.

                      Mastoris will be about 5 miles down on your right just before the merge with Rt 206.

From NJ TPK:
North and Southbound - Take exit 7 and go North on Rt 206 for about 1 1/2 miles, merging with
                      Rt 130 North. Keep to the left. When Rt 130 bears off to the right, keep left onto
                      Rt 206 North then move right and slow down. The entrance to Mastoris comes up
                      quickly and will be just a few hundred feet  ahead on your right.

From Rt 130:
Northbound - After merging with Rt 206 in Bordentown,
Keep to the left. When Rt 130 bears off
                        to the right, keep left  onto Rt 206 North then move right and slow down. The
                        entrance to Mastoris comes up quickly and will be just a few hundred feet ahead
                        on your right.
Southbound - After passing under Rt 195,
Mastoris will be about 5 miles down on your right just
                         before the merge with Rt 206.

From Rt 295:
Northbound - Take exit 57 onto Rt 130 North. Follow directions above for Rt 130 Northbound.

Interactive   Map

Satellite View of entrances
Route 206N on the left
Route 130S on the right

Pictures from Mastoris 2017 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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