White Shoal Lighthouse (MI) to open for tours in 2019
Isolated White Shoal Lighthouse, under the care of the White Shoal Light Historical Preservation Society, will open for tours in July 2019 — five years ahead of their original schedule. The group announced on their Facebook page:
“This will be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to view and photograph White Shoal before access once again becomes extremely limited during the planned 5-year restoration process. By participating in the many exciting events we are planning for the summer of 2019, you will be helping us raise the much-needed funding to restore this Queen of Great Lakes Lighthouses! Stay tuned as we reveal additional exciting details in the coming weeks!”
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Night Tour at Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse, Florida, on January 30
On January 30, visitors will have the opportunity to climb Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse in Jupiter, Florida, to take in the spectacular sunset views and witness the light turning on to illuminate the night sky. Visitors get an inside look at the nuts and bolts of a working lighthouse watch room. Tour time is approximately 75 minutes. The cost is $20 per person, $15 for members. Tickets are required and may be purchased online. Tours are weather permitting. Children must be at least 48” tall to climb the lighthouse and must be accompanied by an adult.
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Keeper’s cottage at the world’s first electric lighthouse will switch to gas
When the Souter Lighthouse in South Tyneside, England, was built in 1871, it was the first lighthouse in the world to be designed and built specifically to be powered in electricity. The lighthouse was decommissioned in 1988 but remains a popular tourist attraction maintained by the National Trust. One of the two keepers’ cottages, utilized for vacation housing, will soon be converted from electric heat to a more efficient gas heating system.
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Candace was the US Lighthouse Society historian from 2016 until she passed away in August 2018. She worked for 30 years with lighthouse history. She also worked with the National Parks System, and the Council of American Maritime Museums. She was a noted historical author and the most knowledgable person on lighthouse historical information at the National Archives. Books by Candace Clifford include: Women who Kept the Lights, Mind the Light Katie, a History of Thirty-eight Female Lighthouse Keepers and Maine Lighthouses, Documentation of their Past.