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World War II Lookout Tower
Ranked #10 of 60 things to do in Cape May
Certificate of Excellence
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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 26 September 2013

We missed this attraction the first day as it is only open from 12-4.
It was worth waiting for next day.
Staff is informative,history to view impressive and views from the top, phenomenal.
If you are interested in history, you will like this

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Reviewed 29 August 2013

The WWII look out tower was very interesting. Th staff on site was very knowledgeable. When I was young the tower was was for sale. I'm glad that it was saved as a piece of history.We toured it just as the sunset hit the beach - it was gorgeous.

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Reviewed 28 August 2013

Easy ride out by Sunset Beach. Visualize looking for the submarines or other ships that may be seeking to attack us. Very interesting time of our lives and great to visit for those who don't know of what the fears were at that time in this country and what security systems we had in place to protect us.

Thank DaveJoseph
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Reviewed 27 August 2013

This is a good place to visit and read the history. Great place to take children. Close to the lighthouse and beach near the Point.

Thank annehassel
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Reviewed 21 August 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!

Thank CharlieBaby_2011
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