According to Preservation New Jersey’s annual list of the 10 Most Endangered Historic Places in the Garden State, the top berth this year is occupied by East Point Lighthouse.
The lighthouse, located in Maurice River Township in Cumberland County, was built in 1849 and is the second-oldest lighthouse in the state. While it underwent a full restoration just two years ago with state and federal funds, East Point sits on an outcropping where the Maurice River enters the Delaware Bay. The mouth of the river and the adjacent shore are rapidly eroding, and tidal waters now threaten the structure. The stewards of the lighthouse are left with sandbag brigades in a futile attempt to hold back tidal waters and storm surge.
Unfortunately, East Point is a perfect candidate for the endangered list, which spotlights irreplaceable historic, architectural, cultural, and archaeological resources in New Jersey that are in imminent danger of being lost.