Light Hearted

Light Hearted ep 268 – W. Scott Jett, Hereford Inlet, NJ

Hereford Inlet Lighthouse (courtesy photo)

Hereford Inlet, a break in the barrier islands along the east side of Cape May, New Jersey, was used by whalers as far back as the 17th century. Shifting sands and a strong current made the inlet dangerous for mariners. As coastal shipping and the use of the inlet increased, funds for a lighthouse were appropriated in 1872. A wood frame combined keeper’s house and lighthouse began service in 1874. The beautiful Victorian design was the work of the Lighthouse Board’s chief draftsman, architect Paul J. Pelz.

W, Scott Jett and USCG Lt. PA Felipe DeFreitas, guest speaker at a National Lighthouse Day event in 2019.

After automation, the building was neglected and boarded up for nearly 20 years. Then, in 1982, the lighthouse property was leased to the City of North Wildwood, and it was restored in the years that followed. Today the lighthouse is managed by the City of North Wildwood’s Historical Commission. Our guest today, W. Scott Jett, is the city historian and the city clerk for the city of North Wildwood, and he’s the chairman of the Historical Commission.

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