East Point Lighthouse

Maurice River Township, Cumberland County, New Jersey

In 2012-2013 Hunter Research prepared an amendment to the New Jersey and National Registers of Historic Places Nomination for the East Point (Maurice River) Lighthouse, Maurice River Township, Cumberland County, New Jersey. This amendment addressed the findings of archaeological investigations at the lighthouse that revealed a richer and more complex record of historic and prehistoric occupation than had previously been appreciated. The archaeological resources reflected the more than a century-and-a-half history of the lighthouse as a multi-purpose facility with accompanying dwelling, as well as the much more prolonged use of the site by Native Americans.

The existing National Register nomination materials for the architectural component of the Maurice River Lighthouse were not resubmitted. The amendment documentation comprised a complete nomination for the archaeological component of the property.  It provided a descriptive narrative for the archaeological resources, addressed archaeological significance under Criteria A and D, amended the property’s dates of significance and boundaries to include associated archaeological resources, and updated supporting documentation including photographs, boundary map and site map. The Maurice River Lighthouse and East Point Archeological District Boundary Increase was entered into the New Jersey State Register of Historic Places on September 15, 2015 and the National Register of Historic Places on October 30, 2015.