Lighthouse News of the Week – May 29, 2020

St. Helena Island Light Station in 2005. USLHS photo by Mike & Carol McKinney

St. Helena Island Light Station (MI) awarded $60,000 preservation grant

The historic St. Helena Island Light Station in Northern Michigan, just west of the Mackinac Bridge, will receive repairs and restoration from the Great Lakes Lighthouse Keepers Association with the help of a $60,000 Michigan Lighthouse Assistance Program grant from the Michigan State Historic Preservation Office, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation announced.

Restoration began in 1986 when the Great Lakes Lighthouse Keepers Association obtained a license from the U.S. Coast Guard to restore the light station. Today, St. Helena has largely been restored to its turn of the 20th century appearance, but maintenance work is ongoing, due to age and exposure to the elements.

With the 2020 Michigan Lighthouse Assistance Program grant, GLLKA will hire contractors to remove all existing paint from the lighthouse tower, replace deteriorated mortar and brick, clean all masonry and stone surfaces, replace sealant around openings, rehabilitate the lantern to be watertight, and repaint the entire tower.

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Improvements at Watch Hill Light Station (RI)

The U.S. Coast Guard is nearing completion on a remediation effort designed to remove lead from the soil surrounding the Watch Hill Light Station in Westerly, Rhode Island. The Watch Hill Lighthouse Keepers Association, which runs, maintains and preserves the lighthouse, piggybacked on the Coast Guard project to perform “some much-needed repairs,” said Ann Snowden Johnson, president of the association.

Watch Hill Light Station; photo by Jeremy D’Entremont

The work involved repaving a driveway adjacent to the lighthouse, sidewalk replacement, and construction of a new small outdoor terrace gathering area.

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Fort Williams Park in Cape Elizabeth, Maine, home to Portland Head Lighthouse, reopening on June 1

Portland Head Lighthouse in Cape Elizabeth, Maine, located inside Fort Williams Park, is probably the most visited lighthouse in the world with well over one million visitors per year. After being closed for some time due to concerns over the COVID-19 pandemic, the park is reopening on Monday, June 1, with half of the parking spaces available. The Museum at Portland Head Light remains closed for now.

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Door County Lighthouse Festival (WI) is ON

The Spring Door County Lighthouse Festival appears set to shine on as planned from June 12 to 14, with recommendations for social distancing and other precautions.

(Door County Maritime Museum)

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