217 Steps and an Oceanfront View

The Barnegat Lighthouse, Barnegat Light, N.J.

Lighthouse on Long Beach Island

The first Barnegat Lighthouse was built in 1835 at the northern tip of Long Beach Island on an appropriation of $6,000 from the U.S. Congress. Standing at 40 feet tall and without a blinking light it was ineffective in reducing shipwrecks.

Barnegat Lightouse creator

Lt. George G. Meade of the Army Bureau of Topographical Engineers drew up the plans to replace the original lighthouse and based on his recommendation it was approved by Congress. The structure that still exists today originally was lit in 1859. This one is 175 feet high and initally its light could be seen for 19 nautical miles.

Lighthouse stair count

stairway to the top of Barnegat Lighthouse

Barnegat State Park beach and jetties

The lighthouse was decommissioned in 1927 and turned over to the state of New Jersey. It is now the centerpiece of a state park. Through donations from local residents, jetties were built to protect the structure form the encroaching sea.

Jetty protecting the Barnegat Lighthouse

It was once again through the contributions of local residents, including the Barnegat Light Fraternal Order of Police, that a new lens was purchased and the lighthouse was reactivated in 2009. The light from the new lens can by seen from 22 nautical miles. It is in operation daily from dusk to dawn. The lighthouse is listed on the National Register of Historic Places

Barnegat Lighthouse sign

Barnegat Lighthouse

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5 Responses to 217 Steps and an Oceanfront View

  1. Morning, Ken. I’ve been to the Jersey shore only a handful of times. On one of those visits I climbed to the top of this lighthouse. I like to climb steps!

    Enjoy the weekend —
    Neil S.

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  2. pjlazos says:

    Who doesnโ€™t love a light house. Off to Ocracoke to see one of my favs. Happy 4th, Ken! ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ ๐ŸŽ‡ ๐Ÿ’ฅ


  3. Donna Janke says:

    Lighthouses fascinate me. It’s nice to hear that this historic lighthouse is operational again.

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  4. I’ve visited a handful of lighthouses in OR and NC, but I have yet to go up in one. During my last decent chance, the dog with with me. Go figure.

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  5. Henry Lewis says:

    As others have said, I too love light houses. I guess there’s something magical about the light that leads you safely to shore (and home). Great photos also Ken!

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