The Pride of the Jersey Shore, Barnegat Light by Jane Neill-Hancock

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Barnegat Lighthouse or Barnegat Light, colloquially known as “Old Barney”, is a historic lighthouse located in Barnegat Lighthouse State Park on the northern tip of Long Beach Island, in the borough of Barnegat Light, New Jersey, on the south side of Barnegat Inlet.

The development of the original lighthouse began in June 1834 with the appropriation of $6,000 from Congress. Because of the strong currents in the inlet, the lighthouse was built 900 feet (270 m) away from the water; but within ten years only 450 feet (140 m) separated the tower from the water.

In 1855, Lt. George G. Meade, an Army engineer and later a Union General in the American Civil War, was assigned to design a new lighthouse. Because of continuing erosion during its construction, the new lighthouse was located about 100 feet (30 m) south of the original structure, the site of which is now submerged. Because of the rough waters of the area, several jetties have been built throughout the history of both lighthouses.

Barnegat Light was commissioned on January 1, 1859. The tower light was 165 feet (50 m) above sea level and the lighthouse itself was four times taller than the original. The new light was a first-order flashing Fresnel lens, which stood about 12 feet (4 m) tall. The total cost of the project was about $40,000, with the lens alone costing $15,000. The current lighthouse is really two towers in one: the exterior conical tower covers a cylindrical tower on the inside.

The structure was added to the National Register of Historic Places as Barnegat Lighthouse in 1971.

In 2008, the Friends of Barnegat Lighthouse State Park, a local civic organization, raised funds to reactivate the lighthouse. A sum of $35,000 was raised, with $20,000 contributed by the Barnegat Light Borough Fraternal Order of Police Local Lodge No. 5. This supported the acquisition of a new $15,000 VRB-25 light system, as well as the replacement of aging windows. Funding was raised entirely at the local level.

In October 2008, the VRB-25 system was installed. While physically smaller than the original light, the system has become a standard for US Lighthouses, with more than 100 installed.

On January 1, 2009, at 5:00 pm, the 150th anniversary of its opening, Barnegat Lighthouse activated its beacon for the first time since 1944.

The light now operates daily from dusk until dawn. There is a foghorn on Barnegat South Breakwater Light 7, at the ocean end of the south breakwater, which guards the inlet. The tower is flood-lit at night.

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  • Samohsong
    Samohsongover 2 years ago

    A very pretty lighthouse Jane! I’m sure old Barney is very iconic for the local region. ~Sam

  • yes Sam, we do not have as many spectacular lighthouses as you do! LOL – I hope someday to see and climb the Cape Hatteras one.

    – Jane Neill-Hancock

  • maggie326
    maggie326over 2 years ago

    Gorgeous lighthouse great capture

  • Thank you Maggie. I was not brave enough to climb it – I got a short way up but chickened out. It is a lovely lighthouse and fascinating history.

    – Jane Neill-Hancock

  • ctheworld
    ctheworldover 2 years ago

    You really came upp with some wonderfullly themed works this time! Fabulous work – thanks for submitting to our group! Enjoy all your features!)

  • thanks Arlane – actually that is one thing I do love to photograph – things that are historic and famous and well known in my area. I am very fortunate I live in this area of the USA where there is so much I can capture and enjoy.

    – Jane Neill-Hancock

  • May Lattanzio
    May Lattanzioover 2 years ago

    Sixty-one years ago my parents packed up the Studebaker and we drove from Staten Island, NY to our first vacation in Harvey Cedars, Long Beach Island, NJ, where “Old Barney” stands watch at the north end of the island. That was the first of many longer vacations there, renting old duplexes or staying with friends that continued long after I was on my own. I got engaged there, and that weekend the lighthouse was open for tourists and we climbed to the top.

    Lots of wonderful memories of the white beaches, blue Atlantic, swimming in the bay, crabbing, catching blowfish from Andy’s dock (Mom knew how to clean them),and clamming with my friends; summer flounder and summer romances.

  • marvelous memories May and so glad to meet someone who knows how beautiful the New Jersey Shore is. sounds great and makes me homesick for the seashore – I have not been in too many years. time to go right? thanks so much for looking and commenting. blessings – jane

    – Jane Neill-Hancock

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