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July 09, 2013

Sea Girt Lighthouse | Sea Girt, New Jersey

Sea Girt Lighthouse


 Sea Girt Lighthouse

 

Sea Girt Lighthouse in pretty little Sea Girt, New Jersey is a sweet little lighthouse. 

 

It is different, because the little light tower is actually part of the house. 

 

Most lighthouses are separate structures from the keeper’s house.

Sea Girt Lighthouse

After you enter the house, you see the little parlor.



Sea Girt Lighthouse parlor

To get to the light, you must climb a small ladder: 


Sea Girt Lighthouse

You can see the light:


Sea Girt Lighthouse light

The views from the lighthouse are great.


Sea Girt Lighthouse
Sea Girt Lighthouse

There are two wonderful websites that you tell you all about the lighthouse: 

 

Sea Girt Lighthouse

Lighthouse Friends

 

To see more about Sea Girt:

 

National Guard Militia Museum | Sea Girt, New Jersey 

 

To see more New Jersey lighthouses:

 

Sandy Hook Lighthouse

Cape May Lighthouse 

 

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January 15, 2013

Bat Condos and Bird Apartments

Bat condo


 Bat Condos and Bird Apartments

 

The bat condo photo (above) was taken in western Pennsylvania. 

 

The bird apartment photo (below) was taken by the Cape May Lighthouse in Cape May, New Jersey. 

 

Both photos were taken last summer. Ah, summer! 

bird apartment


You can read more about bat condos here.

You can also read my post about Visiting Cape May.

 

Thanks for visiting New Jersey Memories! 

August 21, 2012

Sandy Hook Lighthouse | Highlands, New Jersey

lighthouse

Sandy Hook

 

Sandy Hook is at the very beginning of the New Jersey shore. 

 

It is a barrier spit extending out into the Atlantic Ocean. 

 

On one side is Sandy Hook Bay, and on the other side is the Atlantic Ocean. 

 

New York City is visible in the distance.

 

Sandy Hook Lighthouse is the oldest operating lighthouse in the United States. It was first lighted in 1764.


Sign

The lighthouse was outfitted with a Fresnel lens in the 1800’s.


Fresnel lens
Fresnel Lens
Fresnel Lens

There are splendid views in every direction from the top of the lighthouse. 

 

On one side is Fort Hancock, a former United States Army Fort which was decommissioned in 1974. 


View from Lighthouse

You can see the row of officers' houses in the background. 

 

Behind them is Sandy Hook Bay. 


View from lighthouse
View from Lighthouse


On the Atlantic Ocean side you can see New York City in the distance. 

 

That’s Brooklyn in the forefront and the towers of the famous Manhattan skyline in the background. 

 

You can see the currently-in-construction “Freedom Tower” (replacing the World Trade Center) rising above the rest, and The Empire State Building in the middle. 


View of New York City

For fascinating stories about the Sandy Hook Lighthouse, read here and here.

 

 You may also read about:

 

Fort Hancock at Sandy Hook

Sea Girt Lighthouse

The Cape May Lighthouse 

 


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July 24, 2012

Wildwood Days

The Wildwoods

The Wildwoods

 

The Wildwoods in New Jersey are several beach towns by the Jersey Shore. 

 

The Wildwoods are considered to have the best beaches in New Jersey and some of the best beaches in the entire United States. 

 

There are several Wildwoods: Wildwood, North Wildwood, and Wildwood Crest. 


Wildwood is celebrating its 100th Anniversary this year! 

The Wildwoods are nothing like nearby Cape May. 

 

They have amusement parks, doo-wop architecture and are family oriented. 

 

You can eat some frozen custard, deep-fried Oreos, and of course seafood. 

 

Bobby Rydell sang a song about the place:

 

 
 

And it is true that the beaches are magnificent and enormous! 


The Wildwood Boardwalk is also famous, and is home to many eating establishments and nearby several amusement parks.

 
The Wildwood Boardwalk
Custard stand
Doo-Wop Diner
Doo-Wop Diner

The boardwalk is so long that there are tram cars that take you back and forth. 

 

The cry of “Watch the tram car, please! Watch the tram car, please!” will follow you down the boardwalk! 


tram cars
tram cars
Wildwood, New Jersey

For more about the Wildwoods, read here


You can also read about Diners of New Jersey | Jersey Shore Edition, which includes some Wildwood diners.

 

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July 17, 2012

Visiting Cape May

Cape May Stage

Visiting Cape May, New Jersey


The downtown area of Cape May, New Jersey is charming. 

 

It is a very busy beach resort town, and the beach is great – but so are strolling around, eating and shopping! 

 

To get to Cape May, you get off at Exit 0 on the Garden State Parkway! 

Exit 0

You can take bike around town, take trolley rides, and also ride in a horse-drawn carriage.

 

Horse-and-Carriage rides
Horse-and-Carriage rides, Cape May, New Jersey
Cape May sign
Cape May fountain

Below is Our Lady Star of the Sea Church, founded in 1911. 


Our Lady Star of the Sea Church, Cape May, New Jersey


The Towne Crier: 

Welcome Friends Old and New, Linger Here A Day Or Two



The Towne Crier

 

Cape May had a long history as a whaling town:

 

Dedicated to our fishermen lost at sea



Dedicated to our fishermen lost at sea


I was thrilled see the Dala Horse sign indicating a shop filled with lovely Swedish items. 

 

My mother was born in Sweden, and I grew up with beautiful Swedish items in my home. 

Swede Things shop, Cape May, New Jersey

There are some other lovely places to browse:


Gallery D'May Fine Art
Uncle Charley's Ice Cream
Fralinger's Salt Water Taffy


After a hard day of shopping, take time to go to the beach! 

 

Make sure you take a Cape May umbrella

Cape May beach

Places mentioned in this post:

 

Cape May Stage

Cape May Carriage Co. 

Our Lady Star of the Sea Church

Swede Things in America

Gallery D'May Fine Art

Uncle Charley's Ice Cream

Fralinger's Salt Water Taffy
 

This week I want to give a shout out to Mark of the Cape May Blog. He was nice enough to mention my photos on his blog! Check out his blog, too! 

I also want to thank The SITS Girls for mentioning my blog on their Saturday ShareFest! 

 

You can also see my posts on the painted ladies of Cape May, the Cape May lighthouse in Cape May Point, and how patriotic Cape May is!

 

Thanks for visiting New Jersey Memories!


July 15, 2012

The Painted Ladies of Cape May!

The Chalfonte Hotel, Cape May, New Jersey


The Painted Ladies

 

Lovely Cape May, New Jersey has one of the largest collections of Victorian homes in the United States. 

 

The entire town has been designated a historic landmark, mostly because of the Victorian homes.

Cape May is considered by some to be America's first summer resort. 

The Victorian homes were mostly built after a terrible fire which destroyed much of the downtown area in 1878.

These homes are brightly painted with gingerbread trimmings and many are now serving as bed-and-breakfasts. 

 

In the photo above you can see the Chalfonte Hotel which has a long history in the town.

 

Mark (my husband) and I only had one day to devote to Cape May and we also wanted to see the lighthouse, so time was limited. It was also very hot outside.

We decided to take the Cape May Trolley to view the town. 

 

All of the photos were taken while riding on the trolley, so please forgive me if some of the pictures are crooked and the tops of some of the buildings are cut off!

Cape May trolley

Cape May, New Jersey house

Cape May, New Jersey house

Cape May, New Jersey house

Cape May, New Jersey house

Cape May, New Jersey house


Check out my Cape May posts on visiting the town, Patriotic Cape May, and The Cape May Lighthouse!

 

To read more about Cape May, click here.

 

ETA: Ohmigosh, I think I'm going to faint. The SITS Girls website, which is a group of over 40,000 women bloggers, mentioned my humble blog's name on their July 14th Saturday Sharefest -- on the front page! I'm so excited! I had no idea until just a few minutes ago!

 

If you are a woman blogger please check out SITS. It's a great community where you'll "meet" many other women bloggers.

 

Thank you so much SITS and all my SITstahs!  



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July 10, 2012

The Cape May Lighthouse | Cape May, New Jersey

Cape May Lighthouse


The Cape May Lighthouse Is A Classic Lighthouse

 

The iconic Cape May Lighthouse in Cape May Point State Park at the southern tip of New Jersey has lighted the way for about 180 years.

Cape May Lighthouse
Cape May Lighthouse


You must climb 199 steps to the top -- and we did it!

Cape May Lighthouse


The first picture below is the light at the top of the lighthouse. It is a working automated light.



Lens from Cape May Lighthouse

 

The view from the top is spectacular. 

 

On one side is the Delaware Bay, with the state of Delaware in the distance, approximately 14 miles away. 

 

One day I hope to take the ferry ride from Cape May, NJ to Lewes, Delaware. We just didn't have time on this visit.

 

On the other side is the Atlantic Ocean.

 

View from Cape May Lighthouse


view from The Cape May Lighthouse


Please also read my posts about Visiting Cape May and The Painted Ladies of Cape May!


Thanks for visiting New Jersey Memories!