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Updated 11/3/2017


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DECEMBER 9TH MEMBERS ONLY

MEETING/LUNCHEON

11 AM – 3 PM

 MASTORIS’ DINER-RESTAURANT (MEETING, TRIP PHOTOS, ETC.)

144 US Route 130

(intersection of Routes 130 and 206)

Bordentown, New Jersey 08505

609-298-4650

 

This is a Thank You Meeting for NJLHS members only.
Members who want to attend the December meeting will pay a $10 donation for each reservation.


Any member who wishes to attend the December meeting, must email Carol Winkie, program chair to make a reservation or to ask questions.  Email: programchair@njlhs.org


Members will be given instructions as to where to mail the check.  Please make reservations as soon as possible.  Thanks


Directions:
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





2017 MEETING DATES:
DEC 9TH - Mastoris

2018 MEETING DATES
MARCH 24th - 2019 calendar photo contest - Click for categories.
JUNE 16th
SEPT 15TH
DEC 8th




PICTURES FROM THE JUNE 25TH 2016, MEETING CELEBRATING 26 YEARS
  SINCE NJLHS FIRST VISITED A LIGHTHOUSE AS AN ORGANIZATION
BY VISITING ABSECON LIGHTHOUSE. READ INFORMATION BELOW
ABOUT THE LIGHTHOUSE


A special THANK YOU to Mike McGowan for taking the pictures











Absecon Lighthouse Facts


Compiled by Elinor A. Veit

 

 

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.

 

Address:

            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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