Learn History of Barnegat Light at LBI Library Aug. 14

Aug 06, 2017
File Photo by: Jack Reynolds

The history of Barnegat Light is the topic at the Long Beach Island branch of the Ocean County Library in Surf City on Monday, Aug. 14, at 7 p.m. The speaker is Karen Larson, a lifelong resident of the town and president of the Barnegat Light Historical Society Museum.

“I’ll go a little into the history of the town and also talk about the museum,” said Larson. “I’ll have old photos of the Barnegat Lighthouse and some of the Victorian homes.”

Up until 1948, Barnegat Light was known as Barnegat City. The motivations for this renaming were both to honor the legacy of the lighthouse and to distinguish the town from nearby Barnegat, across the bay.

The museum, which is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. every day during the summer, was established in 1954. Prior to that, it was a one-room schoolhouse.

Larson said two former students of the Barnegat Light school, who are now in their 80s, will talk about life and attending the school. In addition, her brother Karter Larson will discuss his adventure of going to sea at the age of 8.

To register, call the branch at 609-494-2480. —E.E.

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