CAPE MAY LIGHTHOUSE KEEPERS

Veteran Lighthouse Keeper Dave Yeager is shown with the original Fresnel lens, now in the county museum.

Who  worked  at  the Lighthouse?

The Lighthouse was staffed by keepers who worked for the U.S. Lighthouse Service.  The Cape May Lighthouse generally had one head lighthouse keeper and two assistants.  They carried the oil to the top of the tower every day to power the light, and kept the lens apparatus clean and in working order.  Keepers’ pay averaged $600 a year around the turn of the 20th century.

 

Where did the keepers live?
There were two houses built right next to the Cape May Lighthouse around 1860 for the lighthouse keepers and their families.  One has since burned, but the other is still standing, on the other side of the fence, near the entrance to the tower.