Admiralty Head Lighthouse (WA) closed for restoration work
Scaffolding temporarily surrounds the Admiralty Head Lighthouse at Fort Casey State Park, on Whidbey Island near Coupeville, Washington. The lighthouse will be closed to visitors for a few months for a major renovation project on the 1903 structure, which will include masonry work, metal work, window restoration, and painting.
The lighthouse is scheduled to be reopened in late August, but it’s hoped the work will be done earlier than anticipated so that visitors can return sooner.
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Mission Point Lighthouse (MI) turns 150 this year; lots of events and projects are planned
Mission Point Lighthouse in Traverse City, Michigan, will turn 150 years old on September 10, 2020. Lighthouse Manager Ginger Schultz reports that 2019 was a record-breaking year for the lighthouse, with more than 47,000 people signing the guestbook, including visitors from every U.S. state and 79 foreign countries.
Ms. Schultz says they will be celebrating this historic birthday all year with a number of events. In addition, projects happening this year will include the installation of a new white fence around the lighthouse, updating the kitchen in the keeper’s quarters, and the creation of new museum displays, among other things. Community activities are also being planned to celebrate the anniversary.
The lighthouse is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., May through October, and on weekends in November.
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Corolla’s wild horses visit Currituck Beach Lighthouse (NC)
Check out this neat Facebook post of Corolla’s wild horses on a field trip to the lighthouse, enjoying the green grass. International Chimney will soon be doing some repairs at the station.
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Work begins on habitat restoration in Lighthouse Beach area in Evanston, IL
Dead and dying trees and non-native vegetation are being removed from the Lighthouse Beach area to improve the environment for wildlife and enhance visitor safety in Evanston, Illinois, close to Grosse Point Lighthouse. The city plans to install both dune plants and plants corresponding with the area bird sanctuary, City Arborist and Forestry Supervisor Michael Callahan said. He added that the city also wants to implement nest boxes for screech owls and other small birds of prey.
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Gibbs Hill Lighthouse in Bermuda is closed for February
Turns out this is an annual thing. A government spokesperson said, “The Department of Marine and Ports Services is advising that Gibbs Hill Lighthouse has commenced its annual February closure, and will reopen on Sunday, 1 March, 2020.” The lighthouse is one of the major attractions on the island, and one of the tallest (117 feet) and oldest (1846) cast-iron lighthouses in the world. Its light is 354 feet above mean high water.
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Presentation on St. Joseph Lighthouses at the Michigan Maritime Museum in South Haven on Feb. 19
Heritage Museum and Cultural Center Community Engagement Coordinator Kate Heckner Ulrey will present a lecture about the St. Joseph North Pier Lighthouses at the Michigan Maritime Museum in South Haven on Wednesday, February 19th starting at 6:30 p.m. Tickets for adults will be $8, $7 for seniors, free to museum members.
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