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Barnegat Lighthouse State Park - Your Passport to Adventure - Barnegat Light, NJ
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Math Teacher
N 39° 45.860 W 074° 06.377
18S E 576549 N 4401982
Quick Description: Barnegat Lighthouse, affectionately known as "Barney" or "Old Barney" is the quintessential symbol of the Jersey Shore, so much so that it's image is on special NJ license plates. it is maintained by the NJDEP & the Parks and Forestry Division.
Location: New Jersey, United States
Date Posted: 8/10/2009 9:06:37 AM
Waymark Code: WM6ZF8
Published By: Groundspeak Regular Member Phleum
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Long Description:
Passport Program Information

The NJ Parks and Forests Service came out with a passport book for collecting stamps for visiting a select sampling of our states parks, forests and historic sites. Many fine places did not make the list but many beautiful and culturally important sites did make the list so I suppose it all evens out in the end. The passport book is divided into 3 sections, north, central and south Jersey. This stamp and Barnegat Lighthouse State Park represent the first listing for the Southern N.J. section. If it was not for the release of a puzzle cache a few years ago and my obsession at the time for first to finds, I would never have visited all 24 sites of central and southern NJ. The puzzle cache is called Passport To Adventure (South Jersey Challenge) and can be found HERE. The stamp and the passport books are free. To find out more about our fabulous passport program please visit HERE.

Barnegat Lighthouse State Park Information

Barnegat Lighthouse, A NRHP site since 1971 & colloquially known as "Old Barney", is located in Barnegat Lighthouse State Park on the northern tip of Long Beach Island, in the borough of Barnegat Light, NJ. It sits along the Barnegat Inlet.

The development of the original lighthouse began in June 1834 with the appropriation of $6,000 from Congress. The 40-foot tall lighthouse was commissioned the next year, though mariners at the time considered the building's non-flashing, fifth-class light to be inadequate. Due to the strong currents within the inlet, the lighthouse was built 900 feet away from the ocean; but within ten years after the initial construction was complete only 450 feet separated the tower from the shore.

The lighthouse's beacon remained a first-class navigational light until August 1927, when the Barnegat Lightship was anchored 8 miles (13 km or 15 km) off the coast. This prompted the automation and the replacement of the first-order lens with a gas blinker. As a result, the tower's light was reduced by over 80 percent. The gas blinker was replaced several weeks later with a 250 watt electric bulb, though the gas apparatus can still be seen at the top of the tower.

The lens was sent to the Tompkinsville Lighthouse Depot on Staten Island, New York. However, the lighthouse's beacon was not extinguished until January 1944, when it was decommissioned by the Coast Guard and given to the State of New Jersey. Four years later, in 1948, the local municipality Barnegat City renamed itself Barnegat Light. In 1954, the lens was returned to the borough of Barnegat Light and now is on exhibit in the Barnegat Light Historical Museum. The area around the lighthouse was declared a State park and dedicated in 1957. The lightship was removed in 1965, made obsolete by electronic navigation.

In 1988, the lighthouse was closed for repair. It re-opened to visitors in 1991. Although its high-intensity light no longer functions, the tower is flood-lit at night and a continuous lantern is lit from dusk to dawn. This lantern is visible out to the horizon on clear nights, but is not intended to be visible during inclement weather (though an active foghorn is still present at the opposite end of the inlet). The top of the lighthouse is accessible via its 217 steps and continues to attract thousands of visitors every summer.

Source: Wikipedia, Long Island Website, Barnegat Historical Society

Name of Park, Protected Area, or Cultural Location: Barnegat Lighthouse State Park

Name of System or Passport Program: New Jersey's State Parks, Forests & Historic Sites

Passport Available: Yes, for free

Park Website: [Web Link]

Address of Station:
N end of Long Beach Island, off Broadway Ave
Barnegat Light, NJ USA

Parking or Entrance Fee: Not listed

Visit Instructions:
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