Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Lighthouse Challenge of New Jersey 2012


Lighthouses ... mystical and benevolent ... high on a cliff or lonely coast ... broadcasting a beam of light to guide ancient and modern day mariners safely into port.

The first lighthouse was built in North America in 1716, helping to direct ships into Boston Harbor.  Not long thereafter these structures doted the rocky and treacherous Atlantic coast line and became essential to the growth of commerce and expansion of the British Colonies ... soon to become the United States.

Have you ever visited a lighthouse?  Now is your chance to learn more about the rich history of these maritime beacons:  the variety of their structures, the sources of light and how it was reflected great distances, the people who manned them and the role they played in the history of New Jersey and our country.

New Jersey Lighthouses and Museums
Lighthouse Challenge of New Jersey 2012
October 20 & 21, 2012

What is the challenge?  Visit as many lighthouses as you can and climb to the top and earn a souvenir to mark your accomplishment!  Hours of operation will vary by lighthouse and the public is encouraged to check the online schedule and make this a weekend event by visiting several on Saturday and Sunday, with proceeds benefiting their preservation. 

Participating lighthouses for the 2012 Challenge:

Absecon                                                        Navesink/Twin Lights
Barnegat                                                       Sandy Hook   
Barnegat Light Historical Museum                 Sea Girt
Cape May                                                      Tatham Life Saving Station                                          
Cape May County Museum                           Tinicum
East Point                                                      Tuckerton Seaport
Finns Point                                                     US Life Saving Station
Hereford Inlet

Just as the lighthouse keepers welcomed sailors, the Preferred Inns of New Jersey invite you to compliment your weekend adventure by selecting one of our member bed and breakfast inns for your overnight lodging!