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Wanted: Historic Lighthouse Stewards

June 30, 2009
Robbins Reef Lighthouse, 2008. Photo courtesy of

Robbins Reef Lighthouse, 2008. Photo courtesy of

The 1883 Robbins Reef Lighthouse, located offshore in Upper New York Bay near Bayonne, NJ, is looking f or a new caregiver, and for now, there’s an attractive price tag of $0 attached. In accordance with the National Historic Lighthouse Preservation Act of 2000 (NHLPA), light stations that become available can be transferred at no cost to Federal agencies, state and/or local government entities, nonprofit corporations, educational agencies or community development organizations for various uses, including historic preservation. But you’ll want to act quickly: under the NHLPA, these light stations are only available at no cost for 60 days, after which point they will be offered for sale.

The NHLPA is an excellent incentive for the preservation of historic lighthouses throughout the U.S. Properties are conveyed with preservation easements, and only to qualified entities. Furthermore, in cases like that of Robbins Reef, the light station will continue active navigation service, so the U.S. Coast Guard will retain the accessibility rights and development restrictions necessary for the station’s continued operation.

PNJ works hard to keep you aware of unique preservation opportunities such as the NHLPA. Won’t you help us to be an even further-reaching beacon for historic preservation?

One Comment leave one →
  1. Stephanie Cherry Farmer permalink*
    June 9, 2010 4:17 pm

    Another significant New Jersey lighthouse is currently being offered by GSA under the NHLPA: The Romer Shoal Light in Monmouth County.

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