Congress appropriated $4,000 for a lighthouse near the mouth of the Bass River on Cape Cod in 1850. Oxen hauled building materials across the local marshes, and the Bass River Light went into service on April 30, 1855. The government deemed the lighthouse unnecessary after the advent of the Cape Cod Canal and a new automatic light was established on the Bass River west jetty at the entrance to the river. The light was extinguished in 1914 and the property was soon sold at auction.
In 1938, the property was bought by State Senator Everett Stone and his wife, Gladys. The Stones began to have overnight guests, and their hospitality became so popular that they soon opened it to the public as the Lighthouse Inn. Bob and Mary Stone managed the Inn for many years.
In 1989 the Stone family had their lighthouse relighted as a seasonal aid to navigation, with a 300-millimeter optic providing a white light that flashes every six seconds.
Members of the Stone family remain involved with the inn’s operation today. Bob and Mary’s son Greg is president, and his wife, Patricia, is the general manager.
Ralph Krugler is the historian for the Hillsboro Lighthouse Preservation Society in Florida. He’s spent several years researching the history of the light station and he’s put together an extensive book on the subject.
Volume one is now available, and he also has a new children’s book called Let’s Visit the Lighthouse.
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Jeremy D’Entremont is the author of more than 20 books and hundreds of articles on lighthouses and maritime history. He is the president and historian for the American Lighthouse Foundation and founder of Friends of Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouses, and he has lectured and narrated cruises throughout the Northeast and in other regions. He is also the producer and host of the U.S. Lighthouse Society podcast, “Light Hearted.” He can be emailed at Jeremy@uslhs.org
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Is it possible to find out about past lighthouse keepers. I had an uncle that was a lighthouse keeper in Oregon. He was my great grandmother’s brother. His last name was Edwards. Sadly, anyone that could give me more information about him has passed on. I do know he had a family, so it would have had to be one that allowed him to have his family with him. My best guess is it would have been late 1800 to early 1900.
You might be able to get his personnel records. The old civilian lighthouse keeper records were combined with Coast Guard records. See https://www.gllka.org/researching-lighthouse-keepers and https://www.archives.gov/st-louis/military-personnel-archival
I did a search of our archives and I see a Henry Edwards who was a keeper in Washington, but we don’t seem to have a record of a keeper named Edwards in Oregon. Our records are not complete. If you find anything, we would be interested to hear about it.