Absecon Lighthouse, Atlantic City

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The Absecon Lighthouse is a coastal lighthouse located in the north end of Atlantic City, New Jersey, overlooking Absecon Inlet. At 171 feet (52 m) it is the tallest lighthouse in the state of New Jersey and the third-tallest masonry lighthouse in the United States. Construction began in 1854, with the light first lit on January 15, 1857. The lighthouse was deactivated in 1933 and, although the light still shines every night, it is no longer an active navigational aid. The lighthouse is open to public visitation and, for a small donation, one may climb to the watch room and external gallery. A re-creation of the keepers' quarters was opened in 2002 and serves as a museum and gift shop. The original oil house now contains a Fresnel lens exhibit. Along with school and group tours, the Absecon Lighthouse offers an overnight program for Scouts, a winter arts program for children, and a wide variety of special events throughout the year.

The Absecon Lighthouse was designed by George Meade and still retains its original first-order fixed Fresnel lens. The lens is made of lead glass and weighs 12,800 pounds (5,800 kg) As the light was fixed (non-flashing), it does not have a landward segment allowing visitors to look up in the lens where the keepers entered it for maintenance.

Jack E. Boucher conceived and oversaw the preservation of the lighthouse in 1964.

The lighthouse is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Historic American Buildings Survey, and the New Jersey Register of Historic Places.
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  • Other than the boardwalk there's not a lot to see here. This is a decent walk straight up Rhode Island Ave off the boardwalk. Unfortunately it was closed early during my visit but it's still worth.....  more
    Other than the boardwalk there's not a lot to see here. This is a decent walk straight up Rhode Island Ave off the boardwalk. Unfortunately it was closed early during my visit but it's still worth.....  more »
  • It's a nice place to finish your walk down the famous boardwalk. It's a piece of American History. It's cheap. 
    It's a nice place to finish your walk down the famous boardwalk. It's a piece of American History. It's cheap.  more »
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  • Super nice man putting up the flag this morning. Gave me some good info about exploring the area and even helped me out with parking. Interesting to see the old lighthouse surrounded by all the new casinos.
  • The best part was to meet Buddy. The 93 year old lighthouse keeper. What a nice treat it was to meet this amazing human being. He made our day with his mere presence atop the lighthouse. A living legend. Come visit, you won't regret it ...I guarantee it.

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