Barnegat Light

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208 Broadway, Long Beach, NJ, USA
Barnegat Light - Entrance
Barnegat Light - From the east
Barnegat Light - George Meade bust by the lighthouse
Barnegat Light - George Meade bust by the lighthouse
Barnegat Light - Top of the lighthouse
Barnegat Light - Barnegat Light

Barnegat Light Long Beach Reviews

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Old Barny Oct 09, 2014
Barnegat was built in 1859 by George G. Meade at a station originally established in 1835. Barnegat, a sibling of Absecon Light, was the tallest U.S. lighthouse when it was built, and it is still the third tallest brick tower in the U.S., according to Lighthouse Heritage data. The light was inactive from 1944 to 2009;

The lantern is 163 ft high; it has a white flash every 10 s. The lighthouse itself is a brick tower with lantern and gallery. The lower half of the tower and the lantern roof are painted white, the upper half of the tower is bright red. The keeper's house was destroyed in 1915, but nearby in a former schoolhouse is the Barnegat Light Museum which displays the original 1st order Fresnel lens. Unfortunately, I missed visitng this.

The Barnegat Light Historical Society supports maintenance and operation of the light station. A major restoration was completed in 1991. The tower is threatened by beach erosion so in 2001 the Army Corps of Engineers spent $1.38 million for a rock seawall to protect it. It isn't just beach erosion that is a problem. A Corps survey showed the tower is leaning 22 inches away from the vertical. In 2003 the state spent $500,000 to repaint and restore the tower. In September 2008, it was announced that the lighthouse would be relit on New Year's Day 2009. In 2011, town officials were negotiating to lease the light station from the state. In August 2012 a lightning strike knocked out the light, and several months of repairs were needed to restore it

Lighthouse Hours: open weekends from 9am to 3:30pm (weather permitting)

Fee: $3 per person ages 12 and older; $1 per person ages 6 to 11; children under 5 free

Fees are in effect beginning Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day.

The lighthouse does close due to inclement weather.
From the east
Barnegat Light
Top of the lighthouse
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