Lighthouse News of the Week – July 2, 2021

Auction still open for Penfield Reef Lighthouse (CT)

There is still time to try and buy yourself a lighthouse. The federal auction for Penfield Reef Lighthouse that started on June 21 remains active with no specific announced ending date. According to the U.S. General Services Administration, which is overseeing the sale of the historic, late 19th century structure, the agency has received two bids so far. The price started at $100,000 and was to increase in $10,000 increments. The most recent bid was for $110,000.

Penfield Reef Lighthouse, Connecticut. Photo by Jeremy D’Entremont.

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Tours of restored North Manitou Shoal Lighthouse (MI) kicking off

North Manitou Light Keepers has successfully met a five-year goal to start tours out to the North Manitou Shoal Light, which is also referred to as The Crib. In 2016, the lighthouse, which is located near the Manitou Islands in Leelanau County in Lake Michigan, was auctioned by the federal government.

North Manitou Shoal Lighthouse, Michigan. U.S. Lighthouse Society photo.

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Tons of soil to be removed at East Chop Light (MA)

The U.S. Coast Guard plans to remove 230 tons of soil from around East Chop Light on Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts, as part of a lead remediation project. One area of land adjacent to the lighthouse returned a very high finding of 16,600 ppm (parts per million) — a concentration more closely associated with soils near industrial facilities.

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

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Fraserburgh’s Museum of Scottish Lighthouses has reopened to the public

The Museum of Scottish Lighthouses has reopened to the public – and is due to open throughout the summer. Dedicated to preserving the industrial and social history of Scottish lighthouses, the museum at Kinnaird Head is open Wednesday to Sunday, and closed Monday and Tuesday. Daily opening times are 10 am to 4.30 pm.

Inside the Museum of Scottish Lighthouses

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Muskegon’s South Pierhead Light (MI) reopens for public tours

After a year off because of COVID-19, the Muskegon South Pierhead Light is once again open for public tours. Those tours resumed Monday on Muskegon’s channel at the north end of Pere Marquette Park.

Muskegon South Pierhead Light, Michigan. U.S. Lighthouse Society photo by Mike and Carol McKinney.

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Independence Day Celebration at Ponce Inlet Lighthouse (FL)

Celebrate the 4th of July at a National Historic Landmark! Ponce Inlet Lighthouse & Museum welcomes your family to a day of fun in the Florida sun. Special family-oriented activities are planned at the museum from 10:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, July 4. All offerings are free with paid admission.

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Use this player to hear a podcast interview about Ponce Inlet Lighthouse:

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2 thoughts on “Lighthouse News of the Week – July 2, 2021

  1. Good morning. My name is Christopher Mickman and I live in Minneapolis Minnesota and I’m hoping to subscribe to your publication as well as find out if there’s any recent news regarding the lighthouse in Duluth Minnesota.

    Christopher mickman


    Thanks very much in advance

    1. Hi Christopher,

      Thanks for your interest! To sign up for the email list for lighthouse news, go to and click on “subscribe to this blog.” You can also get the USLHS quarterly journal by becoming a member — see

      If you’re referring to Two Harbors Light Station near Duluth, I’m not aware of any news in the last few months. But it was in the news in June when it was relighted — see

      We hope to feature Two Harbors on a future episode of the USLHS podcast.

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