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Absecon Lighthouse

31 South Rhode Island Avenue

In this area of the site I would like to detail some of the events and history that lead to the construction of the lighthouse. In these modern times it is easy to take for granted the steps in technology that made the inlet and local area the safe navigable waterway it is today.

Dr. Jonathan Pitney, later called the "Father of Atlantic City," was concerned about the loss of ships and lives along Absecon Beach. Earning the area the nickname of "the Graveyard Inlet." The schooners LOUISA, Ann, Nile, DUROC and other ships - George Cannon, Frankfort and Gherge's Kahn were among the scores of vessels that met their fates on the shores between the Great and Little Egg Harbors. The lighthouse was determined to be necessary to protect the ships from the dangerous Absecon Shoals.

In 1854, based on promptings by Pitney, the U.S. Lighthouse Service requested and received an appropriation from Congress in the amount of $35,000 for a lighthouse on Absecon Island. The land was obtained and construction began in 1855 under the direction of Major Hartman Bache who was later replaced by Lieutenant (future General) George Meade. In 1856 an additional $17,000 was appropriated and the work was completed at the end of 1856 under the direction of Lt. Col. William Reynolds. The final cost was $52,187.

In the first ten months of operation, the lighthouse proved its worth -- not a single ship was wrecked


Anthony Growalt

Friday, May 18, 2018
Atlantic City doesn't have very many historic places to visit. Although I have lived my life I never visited to Lighthouse before. I thoroughly enjoyed myself learns a little bit more about the town that I live in or I've lived in. Views from the lighthouse we're quite astonishing and the guide guide was thoroughly informational and her presentation about the lighthouse . I would recommend to anyone to take the time to visit lighthouse and to bring their youngsters with them for a great day

Ian White

Monday, Feb. 26, 2018
Well worth a visit with great views in all directions. It's quite a climb to the chamber that contains the lamp but worth the effort. The visitor centre has very helpful guides and some nice souvenirs as well that are suitable for all ages. The people there are friendly and knowledgeable and pleased to share.

Mark Farparan

Saturday, March 24, 2018
For me it was the history of the Absecon lighthouse. I love history and everything that goes with it. There was a man in the lighthouse who gave me a very comprehensive look into a lighthouses past. I enjoyed my visit tremendously because of that man. I cannot remember his name but he was fantastic...

Ammi13 22

Friday, April 27, 2018
My trip to the lighthouse was amazing. I went up 180 steps I couldn't finish it because it got a little too claustrophobic for me. I ended up going back down. Either way it is a must when in Atlantic City.

Maximilian Ma

Sunday, June 3, 2018
Great view at the top. Historian at the top to answer questions. Quite a bit of coming though.

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