Her passion for her work, the history of Absecon Light and excitement for the new development in the area is super contagious. We look forward to following the continuing efforts and progress in the revitalization of the 'Lighthouse District.' What a great day! "228 Steps - One Amazing Journey." Come and visit this beautiful historic Jersey Shore treasure.
The Absecon Lighthouse is located at Pacific & Rhode Island Avenues, Atlantic City, New Jersey 08401. Visit the website @ www.abseconlighthouse.org. For operating hours and further information, please call (609) 449-1360.
Photography by: John Norman
We made it to the top platform and received our 'I SAW THE LIGHT' cards from the Lightkeeper, Gene Ritsert. A great cardio workout for sure! And here we learned some more of the history of the First-Order Fresnel Lens, made in Paris especially for the Absecon Lighthouse. Gene mentioned that the lens weighs 12,800 lbs and the light had to be unique to be visible so far out to sea . The bright white light could be seen for 19-1/2 nautical miles. In the 1860's, kerosene was used to light the lantern and was replaced by electricity in the 1920's. The super narrow steps leading into the lantern room were a bit slippery from the early rain, but because we were on 'official business' we were allowed to climb the additional 12 steps, with great caution, to the very top. Check out some of the photos. So awesome!
After the climb, we met with Ms. Muchanic and learned more of what's happening today and the exciting plans for the Inlet Area and Lighthouse District. "Atlantic City isn't dying, it's changing," she said as we listened to more about the exciting development plans for the area including 250 housing units, services, shops, and eateries. The boardwalk repairs will be completed and link to the 'Lighthouse Park.' In addition, Stockton College is bringing lots more life into the Inlet. It was interesting that she noted "the oldest structure in Atlantic City stands one block from the newest structure, Revel." It's an area with great potential... "location, location, location." Ms. Muchanic stated with great enthusiasm.
HAPPY NEW YEAR! HAPPY BIRTHDAY ABBY! This month marks the 158th birthday of the Historic Absecon Lighthouse. 'Abby,' as it is affectionately known, is located in Atlantic City at the Southeast Inlet and is the tallest beacon at the Jersey Shore and the 3rd tallest in the United States. The first light occurred on January 15, 1857. What an exciting and fun way to start the new year and bring you the first Spotlight On! Story for 2015.
We were greeted inside the Keeper's House Museum by Executive Director, Jean Muchanic and invited to first do the climb! So, we ventured up the iron spiral staircase and 228 steps to the top platform, stopping at the landings along the way to shoot some photos and read the'Own a Piece of the Light' plaques. The Absecon Lighthouse is a State-owned Historic Site, administered by the Inlet Public/Private Association with it's restorative efforts and maintenance supported by various grants and donations, the 'Own a Piece of the Light campaign,' and memberships.
SPOTLIGHT ON! JANUARY 2015: THE ABSECON LIGHTHOUSE, ATLANTIC CITY, NJ