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World War II Lookout Tower
Ranked #7 of 62 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 11 December 2013

being a history buff on world war 2 I learned of how our country was defended along the eastern coast. the view was spectacular .the history of the tower and who manned them were a credit to our country

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Reviewed 4 December 2013

I was visiting Cape May and never expected to see this WWII artifact. It was a very pleasant surprize and very interesting. It is well kept and supervised intelligently. Yeah, it was a fun place to visit and a very fun surprize.

Thank Chuck L
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Reviewed 14 October 2013

I reluctantly went to the Tower because my husband had seen them on the beaches in Delaware growing up and always wanted to go in one. We'd just been to the lighthouse and I wasn't looking forward to another climb. But what a great surprise.. this is a very interesting place. Once you get to the top, there is a docent there to tell you all about the tower - why its there, how it was used, why it was important to the war, and what was going on along the Jersey shore during the war: stuff I had no idea about. This was a very worthwhile visit, highly recommended.

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Reviewed 6 October 2013

What a fascinating piece of living History. By living History I mean the Veterans that act as Guides and Historians for this Tower. They take you back to the days of WWII and tell you what it was like for American Servicemen who manned this Tower on the lookout for enemy Submarines and War Ships. As a Senior Citizen I found it all a wonderful History lesson and I hope the younger folk who visit receive the same.

2  Thank Michael W
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Reviewed 4 October 2013

Worth the visit and climb up the tower. Full of history, descriptives, friendly and helpful staff. You will learn something new about WWII here.

1  Thank Donna L
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