The East Point Lighthouse was built in 1849 at the
Maurice River. For many years it was known as the
Lighthouse. The lighthouse site was deeded to the U.S.
Joshua Brick for the sum of $250. The lighthouse became
or about September 10, 1849. William W. Yarrington was
appointed keeper and was paid an annual salary of $350.
replaced, in a little over two weeks, by Francis
Elberson. The last
keeper was Linwood Spicer, who took the oath of office
on December 12,
1905. When the lighthouse was automated Spicer was
transferred to the
Christiana Lighthouse in Wilmington Delaware. After the
automated custodians were appointed to maintain the
light. In exchange
for maintaining the light, the custodians were allowed
to live in the
lighthouse rent free, and were paid the princely sum of
$1.00 per year
for their services. The last custodian was Gus Eulitz.
The lighthouse was blacked out during World War II.
the Coast Guard decided the lighthouse was no longer
necessary, and in
December, 1941 it was decommissioned. With no keepers or
maintain the lighthouse, deterioration quickly set in.
By 1955, the Federal Government decided to sell the
property as surplus and it was purchased by a Long
company, but before the sale was consumated it was found
disposal procedures were not followed in that the
lighthouse was not
first offered to the State of New Jersey. The state was
the property not because of the lighthouse but because
the site was
surrounded by the Heislerville Wildlife Refuge and would
place for boats to be launched.
Local residents became concerned with the condition of
lighthouse, and in February, 1971, the Maurice River
was founded with the goal of restoring the lighthouse.
In July 1971,
before negiotations with the state were complete, the
set on fire. The lantern room, roof and most of the
Over the years, through its own efforts and Federal
Enhancement Act and New Jersey Historic Trust grants, a
new lantern and
roof have been put on the lighthouse. The bricks have
and shutters and windows have been installed. Now that
the building is
weathertight, restoration efforts can begin on the
interior of the
The lighthouse is open to the public on the 3rd Sunday
from April to October from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. The
Historical Society's Annual Open House is Saturday
September 18 2010
from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. with craft vendors, music
artists. The lighthouse will be open then.The lighthouse
is also open
the 1st Saturday in June from
12:00 noon to 6:00 p.m. for Bay Day.