second lighthouse was built a third of a mile away during
1847. It was demolished ten years later because of poor
construction. The third lighthouse is still standing
today. It’s 157 feet tall and has 199 steps to
the top. It had a very large Fresnel lens. An entire
person could stand inside it to refuel the oil lamp.
last keeper to live in the Cape May Lighthouse was Harry
Palmer. He lived there in the 1920s with his wife and
nine children. Everybody had a job to do. It was his
daughter Alma’s job to pull grass out of the brick
paths. To prevent the grass from growing quickly, she
salted the cracks. But Alma got in trouble with Harry
when the salt left permanent salt stains on the brick!