Lighthouse News of the Week

Cape Hatteras Light Station in an old postcard from the USLHS archives

Cape Hatteras Lighthouse (NC) stops rotating for the third time this year

As of November 19, the optic at Cape Hatteras has stopped rotating, as reported by the Cape Hatteras National Seashore. According to the Seashore Facebook page, the U.S. Coast Guard has been notified of the problem and is planning to dispatch a technician to fix the issue.

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Braddock Point Lighthouse B&B for sale

Braddock Point Lighthouse is on the south shore of Lake Ontario, in Hilton, New York, a few miles northwest of Rochester. The magnificent Victorian keeper’s house is operated as a bed and breakfast inn. Don and Nandy Town have owned the property for about 10 years. Their daughter Larissa and son-in-law Casey manage it.

Larissa and Casey, innkeepers at Braddock Point Lighthouse

Listed for $1.3 million, the property includes a Carriage House and Victorian main house with six bedrooms and four full bathrooms. When it was built, it was considered the brightest light on Lake Ontario. The Coast Guard still maintains the active light.

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Below is an interview with Casey Moulton about the Braddock Point Lighthouse B&B on the USLHS podcast “Light Hearted”

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Hillsboro Inlet Lighthouse (FL) temporarily dark during maintenance project

Florida’s Hillsboro Inlet Lighthouse will go unlighted through November 30 so that a $100,000 maintenance project can be completed. Iron pegs at the top of the lighthouse that hold an upper ladder hook ring in place are being replaced, said the Hillsboro Lighthouse Preservation Society’s historian, Ralph Krugler.

Hillsboro Inlet Lighthouse, USLHS photo by Sharon Jones

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October 21st storm damages Fresnel lens at Devils Island Lighthouse (WI)

A storm on October 21 brought winds up to 65 mph, causing a two-foot diameter piece of the third-order Fresnel lens at Devils Island Lighthouse in the Apostle Islands, Wisconsin, to fall and shatter. It’s the only Fresnel lens still in use in an Apostle Islands lighthouse.

The lens at Devils Island Lighthouse; U.S. Coast Guard photo

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Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse (FL) reopens after repainting, transfer of grounds to the Bureau of Land Management

Tuesday marked the reopening of Jupiter Inlet Light Station, after maintenance and painting shut it down for about a month. On Veterans Day, the U.S. Coast Guard formally transferred management of the lighthouse grounds to the Bureau of Land Management.

Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse, from the U.S. Lighthouse Society Archives

With its transfer to the BLM, and its ongoing lease to the historical society, the Coast Guard is becoming the latest military branch to leave the site. The Loxahatchee River Historical Society cares for the lighthouse under a 30-year lease from the Coast Guard that began in 2006.

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Interview with Josh Liller, Historian and Collections Manager for the Loxahatchee River Historical Society and Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse & Museum, on “Light Hearted,” the podcast of the U.S. Lighthouse Society:

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St. Clement’s Island Museum and Piney Point Lighthouse Museum (MD) host free family holiday open houses and special exhibits

The St. Mary’s County Museum Division, which oversees St. Clement’s Island Museum and Piney Point Lighthouse Museum, presents month long exhibits and family events during the holiday season at each historic site. 

Piney Point Lighthouse and keeper’s house, from the USLHS archives

Piney Point Lighthouse Museum presents “A Very Retro Christmas Exhibit” available, daily, Dec. 1, 2019, to Jan. 5, 2020, from noon – 4 p.m., where all can experience a holiday display inside the museum and lighthouse keeper’s quarters. 

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