CAPE MAY - Captain Jeff Stewart of the Cape May Whale Watcher certainly loves lighthouses; one lighthouse in particular, the Brandywine Lighthouse. Actually, BOTH Jeff Stewarts’ do since this father-son team not only own and operate Cape May’s premier whale watching excursion vessels, but they also now own the Brandywine Shoal Lighthouse, situated in the Delaware Bay. The future of the Brandywine Lighthouse will be the topic of the next Harborside Chat on Thursday evening, Nov. 7 at the Nature Center of Cape May beginning at 6:00.
Captain Stewart’s presentation will commence with the history of this very unique lighthouse from its advent in 1848 until the final crew was taken off and the light automated in 1974. The Captain will describe the current state of the Brandywine and share his vision for restoring and rehabilitating the structure with the eventual goal of making it accessible to the public.
This past February, 2013, the National Park Service selected Stewart’s non-profit, Brandywine Shoal Lighthouse Inc. as the company best qualified and positioned to ensure the eventual restoration of this Delaware Bay treasure.
If you love lighthouses, maritime history and Cape May lore, you will not want to miss this program. Harborside Chats begin at 6:00 in the Charlotte Van Leer Todd Building, 1600 Delaware Avenue in Cape May... on the harbor! Chats are free, donations are appreciated and light refreshments are provided.