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Historic Hereford Inlet Lighthouse celebrates 150th anniversary ~ Saturday, May 11th

Built in 1874, the Hereford Inlet Lighthouse is the oldest structure in the Wildwoods...


THE WILDWOODS - The public is invited to join the celebration of the 150th anniversary of the historic Hereford Inlet Lighthouse and English Gardens on Saturday, May 11 from 10 am to 4 pm.

On May 11, exactly 150 years ago, the historic lighthouse was first illuminated. This year's anniversary festivities will feature a presentation on Augustine Fresnel, the designer of the lighthouse's inaugural lens. Other attractions include guest speakers, a birthday cake, auctions, vendors and more. 

Admission is free, and donations are encouraged to support this significant milestone.

Built in 1874, the Hereford Inlet Lighthouse is the oldest structure in the Wildwoods. The lighthouse was constructed as a beacon of safety for ships. By marking the mouth of the inlet, it has helped to prevent shipwrecks as shipping vessel traffic increased in the inlet over the years. Functioning as a vital safety beacon for ships, the Hereford Inlet Lighthouse was strategically erected to mark the mouth of the inlet.

The lighthouse is located at 111 North Central Avenue in North Wildwood, and is open to the public from May to December. Visitors to the lighthouse will learn about the history of the building and local area. The lighthouse grounds are a great place to relax, take in the ocean air and stroll the gardens, which are densely landscaped with many varieties of plant life, including Hollyhocks, Nicotiana, Nasturtium, Snapdragons and Foxgloves.

Decorated with arbors, fences, birdbaths, urns and clay pots, the gardens extend up to the seawall at Hereford Inlet. 

For additional information please email info@herefordinletlighthouse.com or visit www.herefordinletlighthouse.com.

For additional information about the Wildwoods, visit www.WildwoodsNJ.com or call 800-992-9732.

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