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MUSEUMS!
Lighthouses, Fighter Planes, a Tall Ship or Historic Village
  Historic Cold Spring Village
FOR ANYONE WHO LOVES HISTORY,
there is no better place than Southern New Jersey. Since the whaler yeoman first settled along the shores of Delaware Bay in the 1600s, this area has been rife with places to learn about our past.
Millville Army Air Field Museum
commemorates the site of America’s First Defense Airport in the United States during World War II and honors the vital role of the P-47 Thunderbolt pursuit/fighter plane. No other airport in the country boasts as many original WWII buildings as Millville – 25 of approximately one hundred buildings from 1941-1945 remain and have been named to the New Jersey Historic Register. The air field includes a fully operational Link Trainer – one of only five in the world! 1 Leddon St., Millville Airport, Millville; www.p47millville.org; 856-327-2347.
Fire Control Tower No. 23 was built in 1942, one of 15 towers to prevent a German naval invasion of Delaware Bay. The tower has been restored and the public can climb the spiral staircase to the top. Interpretive panels explain its history; the 3rd level features a Wall of Honor with then-and-now photographs of more than a hundred World War II veterans from the local area. 536 Sunset Blvd.; www.capemaymac.org 609-884-5404.
Naval Air Station Wildwood in Hangar No. 1 at the Cape May County Airport was a World War II dive bomber squadron training facility. The 92,000 square foot wooden structure has been restored to display vintage aircraft from all branches of the military and a Wall of Honor memorializes the 41 men who
perished while training at the air station. The hangar, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, hosts a variety of special events throughout the year. The Forgotten Warriors Museum, a must-see with a focus on the Vietnam War, is located near NASW. 500 Forrestal Road; www.usnasw.org; 609-886-8787.
   The Atlantic County Veterans Museum
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