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Cape May Lighthouse

A visit to historic Victorian Cape May becomes even more memorable once you stop at the lighthouse out on Cape May Point State Park. Towering 157 1/2 feet above the southernmost tip of the state. its distinctive beam flashes once every 15 seconds and is visible 24 miles out to sea.

Built is 1859 under the supervision of the First Lieutenant George Meade, the original lens was so large the keeper actually stood inside it when refueling. Nearby at the Cape My Courthouse Museum, the Fresnel lens specified by Meade is on display.

Most of the state park, about 190 Acres, is a natural area where visitors can observe migrating birds and butterflies. There is also three miles of hiking trails, surf fishing and picnic areas.

Copyright 2001- , Terry Muse 
Revised: October 6, 2001
Coastal Heritage Trail | Cape May & Absecon Regions