hereford inlet lighthouse

Historic Hereford Inlet Lighthouse Celebrates 150th Anniversary Saturday, May 11  

Built in 1874, the Hereford Inlet Lighthouse is the oldest structure in the Wildwoods

 The Wildwoods, NJ – March 12, 2024 – The public is invited to join the celebration of the 150th anniversary of the historic Hereford Inlet Lighthouse and English Gardens, on Saturday, May 11 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

On May 11, exactly 150 years ago, the historic lighthouse was first illuminated. This year’s anniversary festivities will feature a presentation on Augustine Fresnel, the designer of the lighthouse’s inaugural lens. Other attractions include guest speakers, a birthday cake, auctions, vendors, and more. Admission is free, and donations are encouraged to support this significant milestone.

Built in 1874, the Hereford Inlet Lighthouse is the oldest structure in the Wildwoods. The lighthouse was constructed as a beacon of safety for ships. By marking the mouth of the Inlet, it has helped to prevent shipwrecks as shipping vessel traffic increased in the inlet over the years. Functioning as a vital safety beacon for ships, the Hereford Inlet Lighthouse was strategically erected to mark the mouth of the Inlet.

The Lighthouse is located at 111 North Central Avenue in North Wildwood, NJ and is open to the public from May to December. Visitors to the Lighthouse will learn about the history of the building and the local area. The Lighthouse grounds are a great place to relax, take in the ocean air, and stroll the gardens, which are densely landscaped with many varieties of plant life, including Hollyhocks, Nicotiana, Nasturtium, Snapdragons, and Foxgloves. Decorated with arbors, fences, birdbaths, urns, and clay pots, the gardens extend up to the seawall at Hereford Inlet.

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