A Brief History: Located at 31 South Rhode Island Avenue in Atlantic City, the Absecon Lighthouse stands as the tallest lighthouse in New Jersey at 171 feet. In April of 1854, the Powhatan crashed just off the coast, with over 300 lives lost. For this and many other wreckages, the inlet was nick named “Graveyard Inlet”. Construction on the lighthouse began in 1855 after Jonathan Pitney petitioned for it to be built to help promote his new home, Absecon Island, and prevent any other wreckages. Pitney originally petitioned the government for the lighthouse in 1837, and was approved for $5,000.00. The lighthouse was then deemed unnecessary, thus construction never began. In 1854, after several attempts of attracting more people to the Absecon area, Pitney’s proposal for the lighthouse was finally approved for $35,000. For this, and many other contributions, Pitney is considered to be the father of Atlantic City. Used as a guide for ships in the Absecon inlet, the lighthouse was lit for the first time on January 15th 1857. The Absecon Lighthouse still stands today as the third tallest masonry lighthouse in the entire United States.
Haunted History: It is said that reports of paranormal activity in the lighthouse date back to 1905, when a keeper made the claim of seeing the Jersey Devil atop the tower. For those who do not know, the Jersey Devil is a legendary creature said to inhabit the Pine Barrens in Southern New Jersey. The creature is said to be a two legged flying creature, sometimes depicted with the head of a goat. It is also believed that several deaths took place here, perhaps provoking such paranormal activity as footsteps, apparitions, even doors opening and closing. Today, the lighthouse has been known to host Ghost Investigations with real paranormal equipment open to the public at a cost around $45.00 per person.