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“Only tower left in the New Jersey side”

World War II Lookout Tower
Ranked #11 of 59 things to do in Cape May
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: Fire 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, playing a major part in coastal defenses. 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. The Tower was restored in 2008-09 by the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities (MAC). The project included: building spiral staircases in the Tower so that the public can safely climb to the top; construction of a wooden walkway from the street to the Tower, and a deck around its base, to preserve the fragile dune environment; replacing the missing windows and doors; recreating historical details, such as the original wooden ladders, and outfitting the watch room and viewing platform at the top; installing interpretive panels along the walkway and at every level in the Tower; introducing lighting and safety alarms; and upgrading the existing parking lot across Sunset Boulevard and connecting it with a cross-walk to the Tower. Robert Russell of Holt Morgan Russell was the restoration architect. This project was funded by three agencies that awarded MAC grants totalling $1.3 million: the New Jersey Historic Trust, the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority and the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs. The 3rd level of the Tower features a "Wall of Honor" with then-and-now photographs of over 100 area World War II veterans. In 2012, an "All Veterans Memorial" was erected on the deck at the base of the Tower. The boardwalk, lined with interpretive panels, the All Veterans Memorial on the deck at the base of the Tower and the entry level are all fully accessible
Manheim, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
“Only tower left in the New Jersey side”
Reviewed April 22, 2012

The gentlemen stationed at different floors were very informative.The walk up the tower is much easier than the lighthouse and less crowded.

Visited April 2012
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Ithaca, New York
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“Interesting history right in Cape May”
Reviewed March 27, 2012

Unfortunately the tower was not open on a March Monday, but the historical references around the tower provided history that I was unaware. Glad a piece of signficant history still stands. Hope to visit again to climb the tower and see the amazing views. Sunset Beach is right down the road, and Cape May Lighthouse is about 3/4 mile away - worth a stop.

Visited March 2012
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Delaware Beaches
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“Unique Must-See Experience”
Reviewed March 17, 2012

The region is not known for tall buildings so these World War II watch towers will give you a unique perspective of the area. The tower at Cape Henlopen State Park is open to the public and admission is included with entrance to the park. In the shoulder seasons, it's not uncommon to see folks having a picnic at the top!

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Hillsdale, New Jersey, United States
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“A moving tribute to the heroes of WW2”
Reviewed February 26, 2012

On your way to Sunset Beach you must stop by the WW2 Lookput Tower. Recently restored by MAC, it provides visitors with a unique understanding of Cape May during WW2. Many of the docents are veterans and they have a wealth of knowledge. Please make this a stop on your tour.

Visited August 2011
2 Thank Leigh L
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coopersburg pa
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“A Bit of History With A View”
Reviewed January 6, 2012

Restored and now open to the public, take the time to climb to the top of this tower. Filled with WWII memorabilia, it is well worth the time, especially if a veteran is present to give you more information.

Visited October 2011
Thank Cindy K
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