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Name: Absecon Light  

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Nearest Town or City:
Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States

Location: Atlantic Coast of New Jersey.

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Photo: Diana Lowrey
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Managing Organization:
Absecon Lighthouse

Telephone: 609-449-1360


Contact Address Information:
31 South Rhode Island Avenue
Atlantic City
New Jersey, 08401, United States

In 1912, 10,000 people signed the visitor log at Absecon Light, making it the most visited lighthouse in the U.S. at that time. Restoration of the lighthouse has been ongoing since 1997. The reconstructed keeper's house, finished in 1998, was destroyed by fire a few days after it was completed. It has been rebuilt again and houses a museum, gift shop, and visitor center. The lighthouse was relit in 1997, but it does not serve as an aid to navigation. It's lit each night "for show" only.

Tower Height: 171

Height of Focal Plane: 167

Description of Tower: Conical brick tower, yellow with black band in middle, with black cast iron lantern.

This light is not operational

Date Established: January 15, 1857

Date Present Tower Built: 1857

Date Deactivated: 1933

Optics: 1857: First order Fresnel lens

Current Use: Historic landmark.

Open To Public? Yes.

In Atlantic Cty, head north on Atlantic Avenue. Turn right onto Rhode Island Avenue and continue to Pacific Avenue. The lighthouse is at the corner of Rhode Island and Pacific.

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places

Keepers: Daniel Scull (1856-1861), William Bartlett (1861-1865), John Nixon (1865-1873), Abraham Wolf (1873-1896), Thomas Bills (1896-1914), Knud Hanson (1914-?)

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