Cape May Light, NJ.
Dusk - October 31, 1859
Third Time is the Charm
Almost all the east coast lighthouses of today are second generation lights, but very few had to try it three times. Cape May's first tower, built in 1823, would succumb to the sea and erosion. This tower was dismantled, moved and reconstructed in 1847, but would be operational for only 12 years. The reasons for this short life span were many, but the bottom line was that it quickly became obsolete. All this would be rectified on Oct. 31,1859 when the new third tower was lit, a state of the art lighthouse that to this day is still quite impressive.
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