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Absecon Lighthouse Celebrates 160th Birthday

Absecon daymark was originally plain brick. At some point the black stripe was added. Photo courtesy Library of Congress
When built in 1856, Absecon’s daymark was plain brick. At some point a black stripe was added to distinguish it from nearby lighthouses. Photo courtesy Library of Congress

Absecon Lighthouse, New Jersey’s tallest, is hosting a Birthday Celebration to honor the 160th birthday of the Lighthouse on Sunday, January 15th , with free climbs from 11 am to 3:30 pm and birthday cake from The Bake Works in Northfield at 1pm. To honor “Abby’s” birthday, Atlantic City students in grades 6 through 12 are invited to submit poems, paintings, photographs, and drawings in the annual “Abby & the Arts” contest. Cash prize winners will be announced at 1:00 pm.   Entry forms and details are available at http://www.abseconlighthouse.org. If you truly want to “DO AC,” then don’t miss this opportunity to experience a 360 degree view of Atlantic City’s sparkling skyline, and wish a Happy Birthday to Atlantic City’s oldest historic structure, as well as the country’s third tallest lighthouse.

Funding has been provided in part by the NJ State Council on the Arts, Department of State, administered by Atlantic County Office of Cultural & Heritage Affairs.

At some point yellow was added beneath and above the stripe. Later white was used. 2002 photo by Candace Clifford
At some point yellow and then white was added beneath and above the stripe. 2002 photo by Candace Clifford

Absecon Lighthouse is a state-owned historic property administered by the non-profit Inlet Public/Private Association. Located at 31 So. Rhode Island Avenue in Atlantic City, it is open to visitors Thursdays through Mondays, 11 am to 4 pm. For information call 609-449-1360 or visit www.abseconlighthouse.org.

Based on press release submitted by Kimberly Deese, January 9, 2017

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