Jeffrey’s Hook Lighthouse, located on the Hudson River in the shadow of the George Washington Bridge, in New York City’s Fort Washington Park, is best known as the inspiration for Hildegarde Swift’s 1942 children’s book The Little Red Lighthouse and the Great Gray Bridge. In the book, after its light is turned off, the lighthouse feels insignificant but soon learns that small can be mighty.
On Saturday, October 13, there will be public tours of the lighthouse, led by the Urban Park Rangers. The tours will be from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and will be first come, first served.
Candace was the US Lighthouse Society historian from 2016 until she passed away in August 2018. For 30 years, her work involved lighthouse history. She worked with the National Park Service and the Council of American Maritime Museums. She was a noted author and was considered the most knowledgable person on lighthouse information at the National Archives. Books by Candace Clifford include: Women who Kept the Lights: a History of Thirty-eight Female Lighthouse Keepers , Mind the Light Katie, and Maine Lighthouses, Documentation of their Past.