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Cape Henlopen State Park

Posted by Stu On July - 20 - 2004

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This was my main reason for visiting Lewes. I had read about 7 concrete towers along the coast that were from World War II. Back when German U-boats were a possible threat in the Delaware Bay, many concrete towers were built along the coast to keep watch for them. There was at least one on the Jersey side too, as I had found last fall. But unlike the one in New Jersey, you can climb some of these.

I saw 5 other towers from the top of the one I climbed. I also looked down and saw people had made designs on the ground that you can only see from the top of the tower. Figuring this is the closest to Nazca I’m going to get for a while, I figured I’d take some pics.

In another section of the park, you can find some guns, cannons, and buildings from when it was still a fort. None of the buildings can be entered.

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World War II Watchtower

Posted by Stu On November - 20 - 2003

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Photos from 2003 & 2009
Originally posted 2003, updated 12/10

I didn’t even know about this place until I went to the Cape May Lighthouse and saw it off in the distance. The guide at the top of the lighthouse told me a bit about the history of the Watchtower, the Bunker, & the Concrete Shipwreck. The Shipwreck’s just down the street from the tower. And now for the sake of scribbling on pics, here’s the tower & shipwreck from the lighthouse:

Don’t know too much about the tower actually. The guide told me it was from World War II and that it’s closed off. He wasn’t kidding; there wasn’t even a door to get in. They sealed it off completely. He also mentioned they plan on reopening it within 3-5 years. I hope they go through with this ‘cuz I really want to see the inside.

There’s a faint outline of where the door was

Update – 12/10

In July of ’09, I took a friend from out of the country to the shore since he had never seen a boardwalk before.  We went to Wildwood, and during our time there, I decided to swing by Sunset Beach to check up on things.  Turns out the tower is finally open.  There is a fee to climb to the top; military and veterans can go for free.







Looks like a long way down.







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Apple Pie Hill

Posted by Stu On March - 16 - 2003

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Not a whole lot to say about Apple Pie Hill now; it’s a hill with a fire tower on top of it. It’s one of the highest points in southern NJ at 205 feet.
There are several stories surrounding it; a popular one claims an asylum once sat on the hill. Remnants of an unfinished development can be found around the hill’s base.
This place has surely seen better days; there’s graffiti on the tower & wooden rails surrounding the hilltop. People seem to like to drop things off the top of the tower as well…..we’ve seen chainsaws, TV’s, and this bike back there.

I climbed to the top of the tower. The top 2 levels were quite shaky, so I don’t know if the tower is still used or not. Judging by its condition I’m guessing it’s not. There was a big padlock on the hatch of it which looks like it’s been there a while. I was surprised I could see Philadelphia from the top.

Down one of the trails are what look like small houses made of sticks. I have no idea who built them or why; they’re far too small for anyone to fit in. One map I looked at called the area a ‘primitive campground’. Most of them have collapsed; it’s clear they haven’t been used in quite a while.

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