July 25, 2010
Romance/Getaway Series - World War II Lookout Tower
Restoration of Cape May's World War II Lookout Tower (Fire Control Tower No. 23) Museum and Memorial on Sunset Boulevard in Lower Township, is MAC’s latest historic restoration project.
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. 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.
They had a table set up, as it would have been during WW II (see photos)
As stated above this is one of the newer attractions to Cape May, but it is one full of history. While we were visiting this attaction we had time to stop and view the photos of veterans of this war and other battles. MAC mounted permanent Memorial Plaques in the Tower that will allow family members to honor veterans of any war or engagement, which I think is really special. My grandfather and uncle served, and it's nice to be able to honor the men and women in this way.
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