Pennsville is an under-rated town overlooking the beautiful Delaware Riven in Southern New Jersey. Sites to see in this town include:
- old Riverview Amusement Park. Now a park for the whole township to enjoy
- fine dining at the Riverview Inn right on the Delaware
- Church Landing Farm. An wonderful museum highlighting the historical origins of the town.
Finns Point Rear Range Light. This is not your ordinary lighthouse! I'd never seen anything like it. Beautifully preserved, it sadly sits kind of in the middle of no where on the road to Fort Mott. Although most lighthouses have that solitary look to them, this one looked almost lonely!
From the webpage:
'This 115 foot tall iron tower with skeleton support structure was constructed in 1877,
at 39° 37' 02' by 75° 32' 03'. The iron rings that make up the tower were driven to the
site by Army mule trains driven by soldiers. It was automated in 1939, but
discontinued in 1951, due to a change in the shipping channel. The keeper's house
was demolished in 1977 after being repeatedly damaged by vandals. Other than the
lighthouse itself, the oil house is the only remaining original structure.'
Explains what a rear range light is and gives more information on the light.
'Range lights were created to let mariners know if they were in the center of
the channel or not. Simply put, if you lined up the 2 lights, you were in the
middle of the channel. If the front light (which was usually located on the
shoreline) was to the left of the rear light (located further inland and higher)
you were right of the channel. If the front light was to the right of the rear
light, you were left of the channel.'
At Finn's Point, just outside Fort Mott Park, a beautiful lighthouse can be seen. This tower was constructed in Buffalo, NY, and hauled by freight train and then mule-drawn wagons to its current location where it was erected in 1876. It cost $1,200.00. Over 115 feet tall, the tower featured a 150,000 candlepower kerosene vapor light. The keepers would have to climb the 130 steps and then ascend a ladder twice daily -- to light and extinguish the flame. The light burned steadily until 1933, when it was turned off. It went on again in 1934, but was automated. In 1950 the light was permanently extinguished.
This unusual tower has a metal exoskeleton for support. Now on the National Register of Historic Places, Finn's Point Lighthouse has been restored and is open to visitation between April and October, but just once per month, from 12 - 4 on the third Sunday.
As a children, we ran around this fort playing "dungeon". Now most of it is closed off because of structural concerns. (ah, the good old days...) Some facts:
Fort Mott was part of a coastal defense system designed for the Delaware River in the late 1800s. The fortifications seen today at Fort Mott were erected in 1896 in anticipation of the Spanish-American War. Today, visitors can wander through the old batteries following interpretive signs with detailed descriptions of the fort. Just beyond the fortifications is the Delaware River. The shoreline offers good spots for walking and picnicking.
Pennsville lies along the Delaware River. If you've ever travelled Interstate 95 up or down the coast like a gadzillion others, you've passed us by. Many people come to the beach to fish or ride jet skis. The river was a tourist attraction in the 50's, heavily polluted by the 60-70's, and somewhat cleaner now...
Pennsville has strict leash laws and the beach has become a haven for our pet dogs. Here they can run, romp, and swim leash free! Doggy heaven!