Arts & Entertainment

Barnegat Lighthouse State Park to Celebrate 60th Anniversary

Barnegat Lighthouse State Park will highlight the 60th anniversary of landmark lighthouse on Monday, July 10.
The Barnegat Light Schoolhouse Museum houses Old Barney's original Fresnel lens,
There will be a rededication of the bust of George Meade who, before leading the Union to victory at the Battle of Gettysburg, designed Barnegat Lighthouse and others along the coast in the 1850s.
The top of the Barnegat Lighthouse is accessed by a 217-step spiral staircase.

BARNEGAT LIGHT, NJ — Events showcasing the historic and natural significance of the Barnegat Lighthouse State Park will highlight the 60th anniversary of landmark lighthouse on Monday, July 10.

Located on the northern tip of Long Beach Island, the park will host the celebration from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., featuring talks by the Friends of Barnegat Lighthouse State Park, guided tours of the maritime forest trail, tours of the Barnegat Light Schoolhouse Museum that houses Old Barney's original Fresnel lens, a presentation by the New Jersey Lighthouse Society, a talk about the U.S. Life-Saving Service and guided walks to see rare beach-nesting birds.

"The awe-inspiring Barnegat Lighthouse has weathered the test of time, thanks to the care of many people dedicated to ensuring this beacon will stand tall for future generations," said state Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin. "On behalf of the New Jersey State Park Service, I encourage the public to help us celebrate the 60th anniversary of this park that preserves the lighthouse and its adjacent maritime forest, giving visitors a unique opportunity to step back in time.

Sign Up for E-News

"I also thank the Friends of Barnegat Lighthouse for their strong commitment to this historic site through their interpretive and educational programs."

At 2 p.m., a ceremony will be held to rededicate the bust of George Meade who, prior to leading the Union to victory at the Battle of Gettysburg as a major general, designed Barnegat Lighthouse and other lighthouses along the East Coast in the 1850s.

Visitors can also enjoy extended hours for climbing Barnegat Lighthouse from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., providing a unique opportunity for sweeping evening views of the coastline. The top of the lighthouse is accessed by a 217-step spiral staircase.

"We hope history buffs, lighthouse fans and those who appreciate nature will join us to celebrate Old Barney and Barnegat Lighthouse State Park," said Park Superintendent Cynthia Coritz. "We especially hope that anyone who was at the park opening 60 years ago will come and bring photos they have for a scrapbook we will create, as well as any relatives of General Meade and Boris Blai, founder of the Long Beach Island Foundation and sculptor of the Meade bust."

The park's celebration coincides with the borough of Barnegat Light's celebration of Discover Barnegat Light Day, featuring tours of the docks at Viking Village, a U.S. Coast Guard station tour, car show, special merchant events, and a concert.

Standing 175 above sea level, the current lighthouse was constructed in the late1850s to replace an earlier and much smaller structure Meade deemed inadequate. Then a lieutenant with the Army Corps of Topographical Engineers, Meade designed the new brick tower to better guide mariners past dangerous shoals fed by sand from the inlet.

Old Barney's light first shined on the night of Jan.1, 1859. It was equipped with a beehive-shaped, kerosene-fueled Fresnel lens made up of 1,000 glass prisms that could be seen up to 19 nautical miles (22 statute miles) out to sea.

Over the years, Old Barney and the land around it were pounded by storms and erosion, leading to various efforts to protect the structure. Today the lighthouse is protected by a sea wall.

 Numerous efforts helped protect the lighthouse from being lost to deterioration, weather and eroding shoreline. It was turned over from the federal government to the state in 1926 for historical conservation.

The light's functional use diminished with the anchoring of the Barnegat Lightship offshore in 1927, at which time the lighthouse was decommissioned.

On July 11, 1957, the bronze bust of Meade was unveiled at the official dedication of Barnegat Lighthouse State Park during ceremonies replete with bunting and fanfare.

On Jan. 1, 2009, a new replica light was switched on to mark the 150th anniversary of the lighthouse, the result of efforts by the state park service and the nonprofit Friends of Barnegat Lighthouse.

The history of the lighthouse is showcased in illuminating exhibits at the park.

The 32-acre park preserves a maritime forest of black cherry, sassafras, eastern red cedar and American holly, and is an important resting and feeding area for migratory birds. There are few forests like it remaining in New Jersey. An ADA-compliant walkway and picnic area provides access along Barnegat Inlet.

Admission to the park is free. There is a $3 fee to climb the lighthouse for those 12 and over, and $1 for children ages 6 through 11. Children age 5 and under are free.

The park is located at 208 Broadway and Long Beach Boulevard in Barnegat Light. For more information on the state park and lighthouse, including GPS coordinates, visit:

For more from the Friends of Barnegat Lighthouse State Park, visit:

For more information on Discover Barnegat Light Day, visit:

TAP Into Another Town's News:

Sign Up for E-News

Fair Lawn/Glen Rock

Glen Rock High School Announces its Students of the Month for February 2018

March 21, 2018

Art: ­ Laura Yuan

Business Education:  Drew Famularo

Theatre:  Caroline Torpey

English:  Margaret Hilzen

Health:  Rachel Goldberg

Instrumental Music:  Dylan Needleman

Mathematics: Erin Howe

Physical Education:  Daniel Mendelsohn

Science: Ellen Feuss

Sculpture: James Harte

Social Studies: Laura Yuan

Technology Art: Lauren ...

Fair Lawn Arts Council to Reprise Successful “Open Mic of Poetry”

Fair Lawn, NJ—The Fair Lawn Arts Council is offering an afternoon of poetry readings on Sunday, April 15, 2018 at the Maurice M. Pine Public Library, 10-01 Fair Lawn Avenue, from 1-3 p.m. 

As in previous years’ successful poetry events,  the Fair Lawn Arts Council invites all age groups to read original or published poetry, but interested poets who wish to participate in ...

Glen Rock Byrds 5K Run for Jess

GLEN ROCK, NJ - Glen Rock’s Richard Byrd Elementary School fifth grade class invites all to participate in the Mary Therese Rose Fund’s annual 5k to benefit children with special needs. The class has been spending time with children who receive recreational activities from a Fund program as part of their service project this year, and hope for a large turnout for this day of family ...

Glen Rock Students Support Nation-Wide Walkout

GLEN ROCK, NJ - On Wednesday, March 14, students at Glen Rock High School took part in a nation-wide initiative in recognition of the recent school shootings in Parkland, Fla. Organized by The Women’s March Youth Empower, the initiative encouraged students to walk out of class at 10 a.m. on the one-month anniversary of the deadly assault on Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in ...

Fair Lawn High School Student Wins Ridgewood Choral Scholarship

The Ridgewood Choral is pleased to announce saxophonist Isaac Ketter of Fair Lawn, NJ as the winner of the 2018 Florence Reinauer Memorial Music Award of $2,500 given to the highest scoring performer, instrumental or vocal in a live audition.  The award is given to a high school senior who intends to continue his or her musical education at an institute of higher learning.  ...

Gottheimer Assesses Damage And Orange & Rockland’s Storm Recovery Efforts In Wyckoff, Demands Expedited Plan and Timelines

WYCKOFF, N.J. -- Congressman Josh Gottheimer (NJ-5) visited Wyckoff neighborhoods left without power following last week's storms, after spending Friday afternoon touring storm damage with mayors in Sussex and Warren Counties. Gottheimer met with Wyckoff Mayor Brian Scanlan and discussed his call to Orange and Rockland Utilities (O&R), as well as Jersey Central Power & Light ...

Glen Rock Police Blotter - March 19, 2018

March 19, 2018

During the period between March 12 and March 18, 2018 members of the GRPD handled 341 calls for service, the highlights of which included:

March 12

5:17 PM –  Task Force Detectives with the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office apprehended a 26-year-old Greenwood Lake NY man wanted on an active criminal warrant issued by the Glen Rock Municipal Court in 2014.  Unable ...

2018 County Budget Introduced With No Tax Increase

March 17, 2018

Hackensack, NJ – The 2018 Bergen County budget proposal includes no tax increase, good news for Fair Lawn and Glen Rock, both of which may see hefty hikes in school taxes.

Fair Lawn's 2018 municipal budget had a zero percent increase and Glen Rock is scheduled to introduce its 2018 municipal budget in two weeks.

Property tax bills are in three parts, ...