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“Cement ship was seen!”

World War II Lookout Tower
Ranked #10 of 60 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
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Reviewed August 21, 2013

We got tickets for the lighthouse and WW2 lookout tower at the lighthouse. It was only $2 or $4 more per person for the WW2. We rode our bikes to both. The woman working at the top was very knowledgeable. It was cool to see the cement ship through the binoculars. It was also interesting to find out that the bunker by the beach used to be much farther inland!

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Reviewed August 20, 2013

It was nice to see, we didn't want to climb up. I learned in the Victorian era locals would picnic there

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Reviewed August 19, 2013

Mostly all of the WWII lookout towers along the Jersey Shore were demolished decades ago, but Cape May Point preserved theirs. So this was a very unique place to visit. They have video recordings of WWII vets & we learned about the Nazi U-boats lurking off the NJ coast and how they towers helped protect the Delaware Bay. It was an easier climb to the top than the lighthouse and you get a great view too.

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Reviewed August 12, 2013

It was a great learning experience for the family, It showed just how difficult the military had to deal with the enemy as compared to todays technology in the services.
A must see

1  Thank Victoria D
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Reviewed August 8, 2013 via mobile

I thanked the people working there for keeping this open. It is a well preserved piece of history. I loved the informational tour and the views were amazing. A great stop while visiting Cape May for sure!

1  Thank Hawaiianskirt
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