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World War II Lookout Tower Museum & Memorial
Cape May Point New Jersey Historic Site

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NameWorld War II Lookout Tower Museum & Memorial
Brief DescriptionFire Control Tower No. 23, Fort Miles
CategoryHistoric Site
DescriptionFire Control Tower No. 23 is New Jersey’s last remaining restorable World War II tower, part of the immense Harbor Defense of the Delaware system known as Fort Miles. Built in 1942, the tower was one of 15 towers that helped aim batteries of coastal artillery, stretching from North Wildwood, N.J. to Bethany Beach, DE. Four were in Cape May County, N.J.—the towers located in North Wildwood and Wildwood Crest were torn down and a third tower is located inside Cape May’s Grand Hotel, Beach and Philadelphia avenues. Fire Control Tower No. 23 is on land now part of the Cape May Point State Park. The tower was listed on the New Jersey Register of Historic Places on May 29, 2003 and on the National Register on Nov. 17, 2003. It has been restored by the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities and is open to the public. Visitors can climb the 99 steps to the watchroom at the top of the tower and experience what it might have been like to be an observer scanning the horizon for signs of German U-boats.
This project was made possible by MAC’s restoration architect, Robert Russell of Holt Morgan Russell and three agencies which have awarded MAC $1.3 million in funding for the project: the New Jersey Historic Trust, the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority and the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs
Phone 1(609) 884-5404
Handicapped AccessibleNo
Time Allowance1 hour
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Last Updated6/25/2013
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