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.
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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.
Use this player to hear a podcast interview with Dan Oginsky, president of North Manitou Light Keepers:
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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.
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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.
Use this player to hear a podcast interview about the museum:
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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.
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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.
Use this player to hear a podcast interview about Ponce Inlet Lighthouse:
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