Lighthouse News of the Week – June 25, 2021

Historic Cape Hatteras Lighthouse (NC) getting a face-lift, inside and out

Cape Hatteras Lighthouse is undergoing one of the most comprehensive restorations in its 151-year history. New paint, brick repair, and restoration of the metalwork including stairs, braces, doors and window frames on 10 different levels could take up to three years to finish. About 100,000 people a year climb the lighthouse — the tallest in America at 198 feet, with 248 steps to the top. The image of the black-and-white candy stripe conical beacon is known worldwide.

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

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Michigan Lighthouse Festival to be held at Mission Point Lighthouse in August

Lighthouse lovers will soon be flocking to the Traverse City area for the 2021 Michigan Lighthouse Festival. The Mission Point Lighthouse on Old Mission Peninsula was chosen as the destination for this year’s festival to celebrate the structure’s 150th anniversary.

Mission Point Lighthouse, Michigan. U.S. Lighthouse Society photo by Chad Kaiser.

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After 700-mile journey, stolen historic doorknob from Tybee Island Lighthouse (GA) returned

A 155-year-old piece of history from the Tybee Island Lighthouse in Georgia made its way back home on Thursday. According to the Tybee Island Police Department, the doorknob was returned on Thursday after making a more than 700-mile journey from Greene County, Indiana. The doorknob was reported stolen from the lighthouse’s observation deck on June 3.

Tybee Island Lighthouse in 2009. U.S. Lighthouse Society photo by J. Candace Clifford

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East Chop Light (MA) to undergo archeological survey

Coast Guard work at East Chop Light and Martha’s Vineyard Museum restoration work on the lighthouse are overlapping. Telegraph Hill Park remains cordoned off due to lead contamination in the soil around the lighthouse. Town officials have affixed lead hazard signs to the picket fence facing East Chop Drive, and have barred the picket gate leading to the lighthouse.  The next step in the Coast Guard work will be an archeological survey of the area, according to Capt. Eric Bader, who spoke with The Times in May. 

East Chop Lighthouse, Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts. Photo by Jeremy D’Entremont.

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Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouse (NH) open houses will resume August 1

Friends of Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouses, a chapter of the American Lighthouse Foundation, will be starting public open houses at Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouse on Sunday, August 1, 1 to 5 p.m. The open houses will continue every Sunday through Columbus Day weekend in October.

Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouse, New Hampshire. Photo by Jeremy D’Entremont.

The lighthouse was closed through the 2020 season, and until the open houses resume on August 1, tours are by reservation only.

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