“worn by weather and wind”
It was built in 1859 under the supervision of U.S. Army engineer William F. Reynolds, was automated in 1946, and continues operation to this day. It is the third fully documented lighthouse to be built at Cape May Point. The first was built in 1823 the second in 1847. The exact locations of the first two lighthouses are now underwater due to erosion. There are 199 steps to the top of the Lighthouse. The view from the top extends to Cape May City and Wildwood to the north, Cape May Point to the south, and, on a clear day, Cape Henlopen, Delaware, to the west.
The $12 admission for adults includes climbs at both the Lighthouse and World War II Tower.
The height of this lighthouse is amazing! There are 199 steps but there are six areas where you can rest up if need be. The lighthouse was crowded but did not take away from the experience. The views from the top of the lighthouse are worth the visit. My boyfriend and I spent 15 minutes at the top just soaking in the beauty of Cape May. After visiting the lighthouse, there are short nature trails that are accessible to the public. Highly recommended!
Some of the loveliest staff you'll ever meet. A great lighthouse that is maintained by the coast guard still. Be careful in winter, becasue the lookout tower may not be open.
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Cape May Lighthouse
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