(Picture by Jack Reynolds)
Barnegat Lighthouse will shut to visitors for the next seven months as the condition Section of Environmental Defense embarks on a $1.3 million restoration of the tower, DEP Commissioner Shawn M. LaTourette announced. The iconic landmark closes Monday, March 14, even though the relaxation of the condition park will continue to be open for the duration of visiting hrs.
Building operate by means of October will involve a total exterior restoration of the lighthouse, masonry recoating and repairs to the brick facade, inside lantern metal platform repairs, roof repairs and the set up of new windows.
“For 165 several years the Barnegat Lighthouse has stood as an important beacon to sailors, ships and Jersey shore website visitors. This vital restorative function will ensure that the historic lighthouse remains a vibrant and welcoming landmark for potential generations,” LaTourette stated.
Visitors to the park and the town will see a fairly various sight this time. Scaffolding will be erected about “Old Barney” for its total top. The lighthouse will be unlit as nicely.
The project by Spartan Design Normal Contracting Inc., of South Amboy, is funded through the corporate enterprise tax. The Good friends of Barnegat Lighthouse will donate a new beacon gentle for the lighthouse as nicely as new security fencing.
“While the lighthouse will be shut to site visitors, Barnegat Lighthouse State Park will continue on to be open up for fishing, climbing, birding and picnicking,” observed John Cecil, assistant commissioner for Condition Parks, Forests and Historic Web sites. “The park business office, interpretive heart, fisherman’s walkway and trails also will keep on being open for attendees to appreciate.”
On the other hand, the fisherman’s walkway will not give People in america with Disabilities Act obtain during the restoration.
The interpretive centre following to the park workplace retains exhibits on lots of facets of lighthouse lore. Visitors can master about the changing mother nature of the coastline and the purely natural atmosphere that surrounds the lighthouse, which includes Barnegat Bay, the ocean and the maritime forest. A gallery of historic images supplies a glimpse of lifestyle at a lighthouse on the Jersey Shore in bygone times. These pictures portray the entice of the bay and the many means men and women have utilised and savored the assets of this area, describes the point out park. The Mates of Barnegat Lighthouse Condition Park have purchased additional artifacts to show which includes a lighthouse lock and essential, a keeper’s parlor stove and a post lantern.
Designed in 1856, Barnegat Lighthouse was regarded as one particular of the most crucial “change of course” points for coastal vessels. Vessels bound to and from New York along the New Jersey coastline depended on Barnegat Lighthouse to prevent the shoals extending from the shore. Swift currents, shifting sandbars and offshore shoals challenged the techniques of even the most expert sailor.
Just after remaining decommissioned in 1927, the lighthouse sat dark right up until 2009 when the Friends of Barnegat Lighthouse donated the present light-weight, which was activated on Jan. 1, 2009 to an onlooking crowd. The date was precisely 150 a long time immediately after the structure’s original lighting in 1859.
— Maria Scandale