Lighthouse News of the Week – September 18, 2020

Design Phase Underway for Cape Hatteras Lighthouse (NC) Restoration Project

The upcoming renovation of Cape Hatteras Lighthouse will address a myriad of repairs and upgrades, which range from the marble floors in the entryway, to the light at the top of the 198-foot tall structure. Once the design phase is complete and a contractor has been enlisted for the work, actual construction on the project is slated to begin in the spring or summer of 2021.

Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, North Carolina. U.S. Lighthouse Society photo.

The project has been in the works for years, and the National Park Service has already received funding for the upcoming repairs. Lighthouse fans can look forward to a facelift and a fresh look for the 150-year-old landmark in the not-so-distant future.

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Win a two-night stay at Big Sable Point Lighthouse (MI)

Big Sable Point Lighthouse, USLHS photo

Sable Point Lighthouse Keepers Association is featuring their walkway boards for the months of September and October. Those interested can purchase a $100 walkway board to support the general operations of SPLKA during this COVID-19 shutdown. Purchasers of each walkway board sold during the next two months will be entered into the grand prize drawing on Nov. 5 for a two-night stay at Big Sable Point Lighthouse in 2021. 

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Sable Point Lighthouse Keepers Association site

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Currituck Beach Lighthouse (NC) opens to happy climbers

Visitors to the Outer Banks can now climb the Currituck Beach Lighthouse. On its first day back open, more than 300 people ascended the 220 steps to the top, not many fewer than a typical daily count. About 100,000 climb it each year. Currituck Beach Lighthouse is operated by the Outer Banks Conservationists, a private, nonprofit organization. Other Outer Banks lighthouses are owned by the National Park Service and remain closed.

Currituck Beach Lighthouse, USLHS photo

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U.S. Lighthouse Society puts spotlight on Chesapeake Bay landmarks

To help bring attention to the deteriorating Fort Carroll Lighthouse, the Chesapeake Chapter of the U.S. Lighthouse Society brought a brand new outdoor display placard to a place where they could reach a wide audience: Fort Smallwood Park in Pasadena, Maryland, which overlooks the lighthouse. A second outdoor display placard was just installed this month at Thomas Point County Park, the spot with the best view of the iconic Thomas Point Shoal Lighthouse.

Fort Carroll Lighthouse, Maryland. USLHS photo by Ralph Eshelman

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Friends of Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouses (NH) holds online “Fall Fling”

Friends of Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouses, a chapter of the American Lighthouse Foundation, is holding an online “Fall Fling” via Zoom on Saturday, September 26, at 7 p.m. Eastern Time. The event will feature entertainment, a history talk by U.S. Lighthouse Society historian Jeremy D’Entremont, and special guests. Admission is free.

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