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Barnegat Light Historical
Society and Museum
- In June 1914 a parade of 100 automobiles drove
across the newly built causeway to Long Beach Island and continued south to
the Engleside Hotel in Beach Haven, celebrating the opening up of LBI
to a broader population. On Saturday, June 21th, 2014, a caravan
of classic and antique cars traveled from the Barnegat Light Museum to Beach
Haven in honor of the 100th anniversary of that event.
- Last year we made a few more changes and improvements to
the museum. Visitors to the museum increased almost threefold in the last
few years, and our
membership is now at 212.
- Our Lifesaving Mortars were reconditioned and mounted
on pedestals. The schoolhouse bell was installed in its new enclosure in
front of the museum and new steps were installed, replacing the old concrete
- A large screen TV slide show featuring over 100 pictures of the
history of "Barnegat City" and numerous historical
videos was installed, made possible by a
grant in honor of Howard Worner.
- A new decoy display was loaned to museum from
- Our paintings and photographs are now labeled for easier
- Previous member's meetings featured Nancy
Gallimore from the Sandcastle Bed and Breakfast describing a visit to
Rwanda's Mountain Gorillas (the only place in the world where they are
found) ,Carole Bradshaw, aka the
relating the story of the Fortuna, Ray
Miller, describing the art of making shore bird decoys and the
history of shorebird hunting; Jack
Lamping, island historian and nonagenarian, returning to reminisce with
us about life and tourism on old LBI and Richie Kohler
speaking to us about his diving
experience on the German U-Boat off Brielle (from the book SHADOW DIVERS).
- We now have a display at the Interpretive Center of the
Barnegat Lighthouse State Park
- We will participate in the 2019 Lighthouse Challenge in
October (Organized by the NJ Lighthouse Society)
This is our eleventh year. We hosted over 1,500 visitors on
the two days of the challenge for the last five years. The enthusiasm of our visitors was contagious
and all had a good time.
Speaker Schedule for 2019
Thurs. July 11th:
Ron Marr from the LBI Museum, who will present the story of the
railroad's dramatic growth onto the Island.
Thurs. August 8th:
will tell: "Stories of Brownsville", the history of the Brown family in
Barnegat Light, the Ashley House, and the building of the lighthouse.