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Hereford Inlet postcard face - click to enlarge

Hereford Inlet postcard obverse - click to enlarge

Locate on NOAA nautical chart

Hereford Inlet

State: NJ
Year established: 1874
Latitude: 39 deg 0 min 24 sec N
Longitude: 74 deg 47 min 30 sec W
Height above sea level: 57 feet

Original construction:
current 50-foot square wooden tower atop a dwelling

1913: tower moved 150 feet westward after a storm damaged the foundation
1964: automated light tower replaced the lighthouse
1977: restoration of lighthouse begun by City of N. Wildwood

automatic beacon relit in lighthouse in 1986, active aid to navigation

Light characteristic:
flashing white every 10 seconds, visible for 24 nautical miles

lighthouse damaged by fire in 1938, property transferred to NJ in 1963

More information:
Bachand, Robert G.,Northeast Lights - Lighthouses and Lightships - Rhode Island to Cape May, NJ, (Norwalk, CT: Sea Sports Publications, 1989), pp. 373-375
Office of the Light House Board, List of Lights and Fog Signals on the Atlantic and Gulf Coasts of the United States, (Washington, DC: GPO, 1895), pp. 70-71