Sea Girt Lighthouse

Sea Girt, NJ

The Sea Girt Lighthouse is a two story, L-Shaped building with a square brick tower that sits right across the boardwalk from the Atlantic Ocean. The lantern room sits 60 feet above the highwater mark. It has/had a fourth order Fresnel flashing red lens that flashed every six seconds. Congress appropriated $20,000 for Sea Girt lighthose to be built in 1889. The structure was completed in 1896. In 1921 it became the first lighthouse to have a radio fog beacon. After World War II, in 1945, the Sea Girt Lighthouse was no longer needed and it was taken out of service and was given to the town. In 1981, the town wanted to sell the lighthouse, much to the consternation of the people who enjoyed it. Thus, the Sea Girt Lighthouse Citizens' Committee was born. They took over the care and upkeep of the lighthouse and open up the museum on certain sundays.

This is one lighthouse I have just recently visited, but have not actually toured. My wife and I drove down one warm winter afternoon not knowing what we would find. The house is small and quaint and marks the begining of the entrance to New York Harbor, with the Navesink Light, and the Sandy Hook Light to the north. One word of caution to photographers, the town has built a public restroom between the beach and the lighthouse, but there is still many good vantage points to shoot from.

Directions: Take route 71 into Sea Girt. Turn onto Beacon Avenue and drive straight to the ocean. The lighthouse sits on the corner of Beacon and Ocean Avenue.

Click here to go to the official Sea Girt Lighthouse website.

* Additional information obtained from "America's Atlantic Coast Lighthouses.