Cape May County, NJ
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East Point Lighthouse is a working lighthouse located on the mouth of the picturesque Maurice River on the Delaware Bay in southern New Jersey. This remote lighthouse is surrounded by natural beauty and has played an important part in the maritime history of the region. Originally known as the Maurice River Lighthouse, it was erected in 1849 by the United States Lighthouse Establishment. The present name was initiated in 1913. Throughout the years it's guiding light has shown fisherman, oystermen & recreational boaters the way into the mouth of the Maurice River. During daylight hours, it's bright red roof has been used through the years as a landmark by hunters, trappers & surveyors. At night it's blinking red light guides mariners on the Delaware Bay.
Although numerous lighthouses once stood along the edge of the Delaware Bay, East Point is the last one remaining on the New Jersey side. In fact, it is the second oldest lighthouse still standing in New Jersey. Second only to Sandy Hook Lighthouse that was built in 1764.
East Point Lighthouse is an active navigational aid with a flashing red light maintained by the US Coast Guard. The lantern room offers a panoramic view of the surrounding land and water making it a favorite subject for photographers & artists alike. The remote location, natural beauty & wildlife are a favorite for bird watchers as well.