Arts & Entertainment

Barnegat Lighthouse State Park to Celebrate 60th Anniversary

292269ceaeaa6d9d3290_barnegat_lighthouse_park.jpg
Barnegat Lighthouse State Park will highlight the 60th anniversary of landmark lighthouse on Monday, July 10.
78836bf1b7217994716b_barnegat_lighhouse_lens.jpg
The Barnegat Light Schoolhouse Museum houses Old Barney's original Fresnel lens,
c31517ba2bae9e369bc2_barnegat_lighthouse_meade.jpg
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.
3a69db6d101c6afc1ac6_barnegat_lighthouse_stairs.jpg
The top of the Barnegat Lighthouse is accessed by a 217-step spiral staircase.
292269ceaeaa6d9d3290_barnegat_lighthouse_park.jpg

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: www.nj.gov/dep/parksandforests/parks/barnlig.html

For more from the Friends of Barnegat Lighthouse State Park, visit: http://www.friendsofbarnegatlighthouse.org/

For more information on Discover Barnegat Light Day, visit: http://welcometolbi.com/event/discover-barnegat-light-day/

TAP Into Another Town's News:

Sign Up for E-News

Fair Lawn/Glen Rock

Conversations with Joan Herrmann: No Dream Is Too High – Reach for the Stars

In honor of Fair Lawn and Glen Rock’s high school graduations last night, TapInto had talked to Joan about reaching for the stars. She shares her very personal story in which she trudged through her own fears and came out a success.

Q. This is something many of us have heard, "reach for the stars, anything is possible," but when it comes to a personal dream, we tend to ...

Fair Lawn Police Blotter - June 19, 2018

June 19, 2018

June 16 - 12:53 am - Narcotics:  P.O. Juan Rodriguez initiated a motor vehicle stop on Burbank Street at Berdan Avenue and arrested the operator, Melissa Ruf, age 25 of Landenberg, PA, after she handed over marijuana upon request from the officer. She was released after being charged with possession of a controlled dangerous substance and possession of drug ...

Gottheimer Meets with Constituents at 25th “Cup of Joe with Josh” Town Hall: Midland Park

June 17, 2018

MIDLAND PARK, NJ – Congressman Josh Gottheimer (NJ-5) met individually with Fifth District residents at his 25th “Cup of Joe with Josh” Town Hall at Sansone's Family Restaurant in Midland Park.

Gottheimer holds these “Cup of Joe with Josh” events regularly across North Jersey to hear directly from the people he serves.

“For me to effectively ...

Local Students Present Robots, Gardens and Other Sustainability Projects at Student Forum

Newark, NJ — Armani Otero, a fifth grade student at Joseph H. Brensinger Elementary School in Jersey City, lit up as he spoke about building two robots that he and other students created to observe changes in their school’s garden.

“My favorite part of the whole thing was building the robots,” he said. “We had to collaborate. We didn’t have ...

Bergen County Home Improvement Program Offers Interest Free, Deferred Payment Financing to Qualified Home Owners

June 21, 2018

HACKENSACK, NJ -- If you think you can’t afford to renovate parts of your home that need to be improved, think again.  It’s time to get HIP!

The Bergen County Home Improvement Program (HIP) can help eligible home and condominium owners with extraordinary low-cost financing for needed rehabilitation.  A new roof, windows, doors, sidewalk, driveway, exterior siding, and ...

Brand New Hampton Inn & Suites and Homewood Suites at Teaneck to Host Job Fair on June 21

Hotel plans to hire 45 full-time and part-time staff members in advance of August opening

Teaneck, NJ – In advance of its August opening, the Hampton Inn & Suites and Homewood Suites at Teaneck will be hosting a job fair on June 21 from 1 pm to 5 pm at the East Ballroom of the Marriott Teaneck at Glenpointe at 100 Frank W. Burr Blvd in Teaneck, N.J. More ...

Something Shakespeare To Glen Rock Comes

GLEN ROCK, NJ - On Tuesday, July 31, at 7 p.m., The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey – Next Stage Ensemble will bring an exciting collage of moments and music from Shakespeare and the many authors he has inspired with a special production at the Glen Rock Public Library.  The performance is a benefit for the Friends of the Glen Rock Library and a reception follows.

Underwriting has ...

Cool Ways to Save Money This Summer

As the summer temperatures rise, home cooling costs rise as well. But there are ways to help save money without sweating the heat:

To increase your cooling system’s efficiency by as much as 20%, get it checked out for summer.  A technician will clean the condenser, make sure you have the optimal amount of refrigerant, and ensure the airflow over the coil is ...