National Lighthouse Holiday Celebrated at Hereford Inlet Beacon

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Though the weather was not ideal for climbing to the top of a lighthouse, there are many in South Jersey who did just that in honor of National Lighthouse Day.

On Monday, August 7th, the Hereford Inlet Lighthouse in North Wildwood offered free tours in honor of the special day. They also hosted guest speakers, music, authors, artists, and had special exhibits to honor the beacons of light that symbolize safety for boats out on the water.

"Lighthouses have saved millions of dollars in ships and cargo, [and] of course the untold value of lives that are saved and they still are," said Stephen Murray, chair of Friends of the Hereford Inlet Lighthouse. "It's not necessarily a thing of the past; many are still active navigational aides."

Honoring our nation's lighthouses is a tradition that dates back to August 7th, 1789, when Congress approved an act for supporting lighthouses. Two-hundred years later, August 7th was officially designated as National Lighthouse Day. 

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