The Barnegat Lighthouse will close on Monday, March 14 for the next seven months to undergo a $1.3 restoration on the historic landmark.
The Department of Environmental Protection revealed that construction will involve a complete exterior restoration of the lighthouse, masonry recoating and repairs to the brick facade, interior lantern steel platform repairs, roof repairs and the installation of new windows.
“For 165 years the Barnegat Lighthouse has stood as an important beacon to sailors, ships and Jersey shore visitors,” NJDEP Commissioner Shawn M. LaTourette said in a press release. “This critical restorative work will ensure that the historic lighthouse remains a bright and welcoming landmark for future generations.”
The lighthouse will remain dark during the duration of the project and will reopen for visitors in October 2022. To round out the restoration work, the Friends of Barnegat Lighthouse will donate a new beacon light for the lighthouse as well as new security fencing.
Shore visitors wanting to climb a lighthouse this summer may visit one of the State Park Service’s other lighthouses including Twin Lights Historic Site in Highlands, Absecon Lighthouse in Atlantic City or the Cape May Lighthouse in Cape May Point.