With 226 steps(of which I climbed them all), the Absecon Lighthouse in Atlantic City is the 3rd tallest masonry lighthouse in the United States. It was built in 1857 and eventually decommissioned in 1933. A beautiful reconstruction of the keepers quarters can be seen here at the base of the lighthouse.
Since moving down near the beach 11 years ago I’ve become quite interested in lighthouses in general. I enjoy reading about the planning and building of these architectural wonders, the history of their keepers and the eventual demise of lighthouses around the world. You may have noticed this already with a fairly steady posting of lighthouses here in New Jersey, others can be seen here, here and here.