Cape May Point, New Jersey
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This old lighthouse,
built in 1859, fits in very well at Cape May, a town where time
almost seems to have stopped in the 19th century. More than 600
Victorian buildings, many of which have been colorfully restored,
help draw tourists to Cape May, which has been declared a national
white lighthouse can be found at the tip of the cape in Cape May
Point State Park.
visitors can climb the 199 steps to the lantern room. The double-wall
tower housing the stairway is 27 feet wide at the base and 13.5
feet wide at the top. The aero-marine beacon can be detected by
ships passing 25 miles away. This lighthouse replaced one built
in 1847, which replaced a still earlier one built in 1824.
The area around
the lighthouse ranks among the top spots in the nation for bird
watching. Ornithologists have counted more than 400 species here.
To visit the
lighthouse, travel south on the Garden State Parkway until it
ends in Cape May. Then look for Lighthouse Avenue off Sunset Boulevard.
© 1999 Terry White, Drawing © 1999 Bill Harrah