Lighthouse News of the Week – October 16, 2020

Hudson River Lighthouse and Fall Foliage Boat Tours (New York)

Explore the historic lighthouses and stunning landscapes of the Hudson River on a scenic boat ride! Aboard the Solaris, you can discover wildlife, dive into the industrial history of Rondout Creek, hear spooky legends of the river on a candle-lit tour, or simply enjoy a lazy cruise with the family. All the tours are socially distanced and have reduced capacity. There are several tours to pick from.

Rondout Creek Lighthouse, New York. Photo by Jeremy D’Entremont.

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Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse (FL) Celebrates 160 Years

Originally commissioned in 1853, construction on the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse was first delayed by storms that closed the inlet, and then by the outbreak of the Third Seminole War. However, once building began, progress was swift, and the beacon was officially lit on July 10, 1860. Operated by Loxahatchee River Historical Society, it has been open to the public for tours since 1994.

Early image of Jupiter Inlet Light Station (National Archives)

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Old Cape Henry Lighthouse (VA) reopens to the public

After being shuttered for nearly seven months due to the pandemic, the old Cape Henry Lighthouse is open to the public again with some new rules and a busy staff. Time slots will be set aside for groups of family or friends to climb the lighthouse tower. A maximum of 10 people will allowed inside at one time, and masks are required. General admission includes a walking tour of the site where the colonists first landed in 1607 and a World War II-era concrete bunker.

The old Cape Henry Light, built of stone in 1792, was replaced in 1881 by a cast-iron tower. USLHS photo by Ralph Eshelman

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Jimmy Buffett performs at Thomas Point Shoal Lighthouse (MD)

Jimmy Buffett performed two songs at Maryland’s Thomas Point Shoal Lighthouse on October 9 for a new music video series following the singer on his voyage from Long Island, New York, to the Bahamas. Buffett, a sailor and lighthouse enthusiast, is anchoring at various seaside sights along the way since the pandemic canceled most concerts. In the early morning light, Buffett played one song up in the gallery and another in the lighthouse’s parlor. 

Thomas Point Shoal Lighthouse, Maryland, the only cottage-style screw-pile lighthouse still in its original location in Chesapeake Bay. USLHS photo by J. Candace Clifford.

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Mukilteo Lighthouse (WA) gets a new roof

Mukilteo city crews aided in the recent replacement of the roof at the Mukilteo Lighthouse. The tile color and material was specially sourced to match “Coast Guard red” and was approved by the State Historic Preservation Office.

Mukilteo Lighthouse, Washington. Photo by Jeremy D’Entremont.

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New Dungeness (WA) Keepers continue their watch

Washington’s New Dungeness Lighthouse has been fully staffed and maintained through COVID-19 shutdowns and the temporary closure of the Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge, according to the New Dungeness Light Station Association. “This continues a tradition begun in 1994 when the nonprofit association (NDLSA) was formed by local volunteers to preserve and protect the iconic lighthouse and surrounding light station area by having ‘Keepers’ on watch at the station 24/7 every day of the year,” a press release said.

New Dungeness Light Station (USLHS photo)

Earlier this summer a small work party poured a 1,500-pound base to support the new addition of a 1936 Coast Guard Fog Bell at the entrance to the Light Station. A week later they carted the 1,200-pound bell out and installed it.

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Lighthouse Challenge of New Jersey being held this weekend

The Lighthouse Challenge of New Jersey is an annual event that takes place the third weekend of October each year. The Lighthouse Keepers, who manage the Challenge, have decided that they can hold this year’s event on Oct. 17 and 18, while meeting the guidelines from the CDC and the regulations of the New Jersey Department of Health.

The challenge can also be done virtually during the entire month of October.

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Sandy Hook Light Station, New Jersey. Photo by Jeremy D’Entremont.

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