The Barnegat Lighthouse
Is affectionately known as "Ol' Barney". The Lighthouse is located on the tip of Long Beach Island New Jersey Atlantic Coastline. As a kid, I spent many a summer on Long Beach Island. From the lighthouse, the view of the Barnegat Inlet is spectacular. A spiral staircase with 217 treads winds its way up the lighthouse supported by a central shaft. The height of the tower is 163 feet, making it the second tallest lighthouse in New Jersey after the Absecon Lighthouse. The Barnegat Lighthouse was originally lit on January 1, 1859. In the mid-1600s, Dutch explorers named the inlet at the northern end of Long Beach Island “Barendegat,” which means “Inlet of Breakers.” Shoals, located offshore from the inlet, create the breakers and are a dangerous hazard for vessels passing this section of the New Jersey shore.