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Hereford Inlet Lighthouse,
the intimate light in North Wildwood, NJ

lightkeeper's bed in museum
Lightkeeper's bed in Hereford Inlet Lighthouse museum exhibit

The Hereford Inlet Lighthouse is a must-see because of its small size. It's a lighthouse that you can actually get to feel like you know, and therein lays its charm.

Hereford Inlet Lighthouse

Built in 1874 and moved 150' inland to its present location in 1913 after storm damage, the Hereford Inlet Lighthouse is the size of a house. The keeper lived in it. Today, the building contains the keeper's bedroom, a gift shop and a small museum.

Part of the museum exhibit downstairs is this old beacon with its fresnel lenses, an example of 19th century technology that allowed a small lamp to throw a beam of light for miles out to sea.
fresnel lens in exhibit Fresnel lenses in exhibit

Upstairs, the light itself is a real, working light. Because of the small size of the building, this light is a lot easier to get to than those of the larger lighthouses with hundreds of steps!
lamp with reflections

Circular steps lead down from the beacon.
circular steps to get to light

The area directly around the lighthouse contains beautiful gardens, in which are held various events throughout the summer season.

 "Directions and information:  The Hereford Inlet Lighthouse is at First and Central Avenues in North Wildwood, Cape May County, New Jersey. Open daily during the Summer. 

Garden State Parkway Exit 6 to North Wildwood, look for signs or turn left onto 1st Avenue soon after you get into town.

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