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Lighthouse News of the Week – September 11, 2020

Huron Island Lighthouse (MI) attracts attention from Congressman Jack Bergman

The Huron Island Lighthouse Preservation Association works to the buildings on one of the islands that makes up the Huron National Wildlife Refuge. This week, U.S. Representative Jack Bergman visited the island to see the buildings and to talk about possible ways of securing more funding. HILPA is hoping to turn the lighthouse into a kind of museum. They also want to have work done on other structures including a boathouse, Coast Guard barracks, assistant keeper’s house, tram and turntable, and a fog signal building.

Huron Island Lighthouse, USLHS photo by Mike and Carol McKinney

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Marshall Point Lighthouse Museum (ME) celebrates its 30th anniversary

Marshall Point Lighthouse stands at the opening of the harbor in Port Clyde, a village located in the town of St. George. There was no need for a lighthouse keeper after 1971 when the U.S. Coast Guard automated the light. The St. George Historical Society formed a lighthouse committee tasked with raising money to restore the keeper’s house. 

The Marshall Point Lighthouse Museum. Photo by Jeremy D’Entremont

In 1990, the Marshall Point Lighthouse Museum opened in the keeper’s house. The museum pays tribute to the lighthouse’s history but also to the history of St. George, featuring exhibits on the quarrying and lobstering industries that have flourished on the peninsula.

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Kennebunkport Conservation Trust preserves rich history of Goat Island Lighthouse (ME)

It may seem romantic to live on an island off the coast of Maine and tend a working lighthouse, the stuff of great novels, or a Hollywood blockbuster but in reality it’s a lot of hard work. “It’s like living on a small farm,” says Scott Dombrowski through a smile. He and his wife Karen have been living on the island, tending the buildings, and welcoming visitors to Goat Island Lighthouse for 27 seasons.

Goat Island Light Station, photo by Jeremy D’Entremont

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Point Lookout Lighthouse (MD) renovations nearly complete

Renovations at the Point Lookout Lighthouse at Point Lookout State Park in Scotland are almost complete after over two years of work. The park, located on a peninsula between the Chesapeake Bay and the Potomac River, was once the location of a camp that imprisoned over 50,000 Confederate soldiers during the Civil War. The lighthouse was built in 1830 by John Donahoo and stands at the north entrance to the Potomac River.

Point Lookout Lighthouse; USLHS photo by Ralph Eshelman.

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Currituck Beach Lighthouse (NC) reopens for climbing

Currituck Beach Lighthouse in Corolla, North Carolina, reopened for climbing this week. Safety measures are in place, including open windows, gloves upon check-in, sanitizers and required mask-wearing. The lighthouse is open to the public every day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Currituck Beach Lighthouse. U.S. Lighthouse Society photo.

The lighthouse celebrates its 145th anniversary of the first lighting of the brick tower this December, and has been undergoing a face-lift that began in the winter.

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New WWII museum exhibit opens at St. Augustine Lighthouse (FL)

September 2 marked the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II when Japan surrendered. There is a new museum exhibit at the  St. Augustine Lighthouse and Maritime Museum.

St. Augustine Lighthouse. Photo by Jeremy D’Entremont

“We really wanted to tell this story,” Kathy Fleming, Director of the Lighthouse and Museum said. “How it impacted us on this spot, on the island and across St. Augustine,” Fleming said. “St. Augustine was an important training facility for Coast Guard service.”

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