Lighthouse News of the Week – June 26, 2020

Lorain Lighthouse (OH) will reopen for tours and sunset dinners starting July 3

Lorain Lighthouse tours will resume July 3. Additional tours will be on July 11 and 18; Aug. 2, 5, 15, 22, and 29; Sept. 6, 12, and 30; and Oct. 10. Times vary but tour days generally have four trips, every 45 minutes. Tours are weather dependent and may be canceled. Online reservations are required. The official capacity is 18 passengers, but that will be reduced this season to 10 people to maintain adequate space between people. The lighthouse trustees request visitors wear face coverings for safety while on the boat and at the lighthouse. Sunset Dinners will resume on July 14, also limited to 10 guests per night.

Lorain Lighthouse, Ohio. U.S. Lighthouse Society photo by Mike and Carol McKinney.

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Hunting Island Lighthouse (SC) reopens

South Carolina’s Hunting Island State Park is now offering reservations to climb its lighthouse. Hunting Island lighthouse, which is the only publicly accessible lighthouse in the state, officially reopened last Monday with a new reservation system to allow for social distancing. Visitors must call ahead and reserve a time slot from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Reservations can be for up to six people, will last no longer than 45 minutes and won’t guarantee visitors entrance to the park. 

Hunting Island Lighthouse; U.S. Lighthouse Society photo by Ralph Eshelman.

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Concord Point Lighthouse (MD) museum and shop will reopen July 11

The Keepers House Museum and Gift Shop at Concord Point Lighthouse will open on weekends starting Saturday, July 11, with some restrictions. “Masks are a must,” officials said, for people who want to go inside the museum and gift shop. It is not clear when the interior of the lighthouse may reopen.

Concord Point Lighthouse, Maryland. U.S. Lighthouse Society photo by Bethany Baker

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Neighbors win battle to ban events at Wings Neck Lighthouse (MA)

The Massachusetts state Appeals Court on Friday upheld a lower court ruling ordering owner Christina Stevens to refrain from holding weddings, receptions, or similar events at the Wings Neck Lighthouse in Bourne on Cape Cod. All of Wings Neck is zoned for residential use. There is no zoning for commercial purposes that would support weddings or corporate functions. The neighborhood at the top of Wings Neck consists of the lighthouse and keeper’s cottage plus 13 mostly seasonal houses, Molloy has said.

Wings Neck Lighthouse, Massachusetts. Photo by Jeremy D’Entremont.

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Museum at Marshall Point Lighthouse (ME) to open July 2

The Marshall Point Lighthouse Museum in Port Clyde, Maine, will open for the 2020 season beginning July 2. The new hours will be Thursday through Sunday, from 12 – 4 p.m. The gift shop will be open. At this time, there are no plans to open the tower this season.

Marshall Point Lighthouse, Maine. Photo by Jeremy D’Entremont.

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