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SEPTEMBER 24TH
      Meeting to be held at Henry Hudson Regional School       

        One Grand Tour

        Highlands, NJ 07732


Tentative Agenda:

 

10:00 AM     Hospitality/WAYS & MEANS

                    *AUDIT COMMITTEE MEETING

                    *NOMINATING COMMITTEE MEETING

11:15 AM     Meeting

12:10 PM      LUNCH-Bring your own lunch

12:50 PM     Program-ELINOR DEWIRE, Author of many books on lighthouses, speaking about ‘HAUNTED LIGHTHOUSES’

                     Discussion

2:00 PM    Visit Twin Lights (Navesink)     We want to take a picture in front of Navesink for the Beam.

 

Twin Lights have made a request that we car pool from the school due to parking restrictions.  They also have a wedding occurring that day.


Directions to Henry Hudson School:

    From GSP Southbound:
        1 - Take exit 117 and follow signs for RT 36 East.
        2 - Follow RT 36 for about 12 miles until approaching the Highlands Bridge.
        3 - Directly before the bridge, make a right turn onto Portland Road.
        4 - Follow  Portland Road for about 1 mile until you see a green water tank, in front of you, on the right.
        5 - Right before the water tank, make a hard right turn onto Grand Tour.
        6 - The school will be just down the road on your right.

    From the GSP Northbound:
        1 - Take exit 105 and follow signs for RT 36 East.
        2 - Follow RT 36 for about 6 miles until it makes a left turn onto Ocean Blvd.
        3 - Make the left turn and continue on RT 36 until you go over the Highlands Bridge, about 6 miles.
        4 - Stay to the far right going over the bridge and immediately make a right turn and loop under
              the bridge like you were making a U turn.
        5 - The first intersection after going under the bridge will be Portland Road. Make a left here.
        6 - Follow directions 4, 5 and 6 from above.

    Those people coming from South Jersey via the Turnpike or RT 295, should exit at RT 195 East to the GSP North.
    Follow the GSP Northbound directions above.

Interactive Google Map


   
Directions to Twin Lights from school:
        1 - Exit the parking lot back towards Grand Tour where you will make a right turn.
        2 - In about 1/4 mile, Grand tour turns into South Peak St.
        3 - Follow South Peak to the end at a  "T"  with Highland Ave.
        4 - Make a hard right onto Highland Ave.
        5 - Go a few hundred yards then make a hard right onto Lighthouse Rd.
        6 - At the next intersection, make a left towards Twin Lights.






DECEMBER 10TH MEMBERS MEETING 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.  Members who attend the September meeting can pay the $10 donation for the reservation.

 

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

 

Please make reservations as soon as possible.







March 18th meeting is the photo contest meeting.

It is being held at (same place as March of 2014)

VFW EDISON POST 3117
55 NATIONAL ROAD
EDISON, NJ 08817

More info about a lunch that will be available at a cost will follow.

THE PHOTO CONTEST CATEGORIES WILL BE THE SAME AS THIS YEAR, EXCEPT THERE WILL BE NO COVER CATEGORY.
  • Lighthouses with integrated lights
  • Lighthouses that are tall towers
  • Lighthouses that are water-bound
  • Skeletal Lighthouse, which includes Statue of Liberty
Lighthouses from anywhere / not just NJ lights
Landscape or portrait
Must be 8 x 10 & matted original

MORE INFO LATER





FUTURE 2016 MEETING DATES:
DECEMBER 10TH
     Meeting to be held at Mastoris restaurant in Bordentown, NJ

FUTURE 2017 MEETING DATES:
MARCH 18TH
JUNE 17TH
SEPT 16TH
DEC 9TH




PICTURES FROM THE JUNE 25TH 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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