Lighthouse News of the Week

News of the week March 24, 2023

Cape Hatteras (NC) Lighthouse lens makes a temporary move during museum renovation

The original Cape Hatteras Lighthouse lens is on the move. The roughly 20-foot-tall structure, which is housed within the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum in Hatteras, is painstakingly being taken apart and relocated to a secure and on-site storage area while work progresses on the museum’s total renovation.

Cape Hatteras Lens At Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum, NC – Ralph Krugler

Though the prospect of a museum renovation had been floating around for some time, in May 2021, the museum received a $4.1 million grant from the N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources to conduct an overhaul of the Hatteras village site.

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Fire Island (NY) Lighthouse tower, damaged by storm, probably won’t reopen before summer, official says

It’s likely that needed emergency repairs to the weather-damaged Fire Island Lighthouse will now impact at least part of the summer tourist season, but officials are hopeful that alternative programing — including a virtual tour of the now-closed 168-foot lighthouse tower — will help stem the tide.

Fire Island, NY – Dave Zapatka

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Sanibel Museum will feature Sanibel Lighthouse (FL) Hurricane Ian exhibit at reopening

SANIBEL ISLAND, Fla. — The Sanibel Historic Museum will reopen on March 28, six months since Hurricane Ian. 

Sanibel, FL – James Hill

To embrace the day that changed our lives, the museum is adding a Sanibel Lighthouse exhibit to its site.

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Buffalo Lighthouse (NY) among Greenway fund recipients

Six awards totaling $1.9 million were given out by the Buffalo and Erie County Greenway Fund Standing Committee last week for beautification and improvement projects.

Buffalo North Breakwater – USLHS archives

• The Buffalo Lighthouse Association, which received $247,236 for a safety and access project.

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St. Marks (FL) on the hunt for next lighthouse keeper

St Marks, FL -USLHS archives

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Restoration work continues on Rock of Ages (MI) Lighthouse this summer

Standing 137 feet tall, the remote Rock of Ages Lighthouse at Isle Royale has provided navigational aid for ships and fishermen for over 100 years. 

Rock of Ages, MI – Thomas A Tag

The historic lighthouse, located 22 miles from the Minnesota shoreline, was built in 1908 and last staffed by a lightkeeper in 1978. It has fallen into disrepair throughout the years, particularly following the transition to an automated lighthouse in the late 1970s.

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Celebrate Florida Heritage Day at the Ponce Inlet Lighthouse and Museum

In case you haven’t noticed, Florida is a huge state with a lot of history to explore. You won’t have to travel far to find a great place and an opportunity to do so from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 25, when the National Historic Landmark Ponce Inlet Lighthouse and Museum invites all to enjoy a day of historical remembrance and celebration of Florida.

Ponce Inlet, FL – J. Candace Clifford

The lighthouse staff and its docents, as well as representatives from eleven other historical organizations and museums from across central Florida, will offer speakers, hands-on workshops, presentations and children’s take-home crafts to observe, highlight and commemorate the day. It’s all included with regular admission to the lighthouse.

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Cape Blanco (OR) Lighthouse opening May 1

The Cape Blanco Lighthouse will open on May 1 2023 this year instead of its traditional opening day of April 1.

This decision was reached by the board members of the Cape Blanco Heritage Society (CBHS) due to problems related to the short road from the lighthouse gate to the lighthouse.

Cape Blanco, OR – USLHS archives

This road has experienced considerable damage over time and the seasonal rains and unusual snowfall of this Winter has taken additional toll on the road. The damage has led to the closure of the road to all vehicles, including visitors, staff and volunteers.

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Happisburgh Lighthouse (UK) open days 2023: Volunteers needed

It is literally one of Norfolk’s ‘highlights’.

And now volunteers are needed for a series of planned open days at Happisburgh Lighthouse.

Happisburgh, UK – USLHS archives

The lighthouse trust has openings for roles including welcoming visitors, staffing the gift shop, and guiding tours up the 112 steps to the lantern room.

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‘Haunted and iconic’ South Stack lighthouse (Wales) known as a supernatural hotspot

An Anglesey lighthouse is said to be among Wales’ most haunted spots. South Stack lighthouse, north-west of Holyhead, has earned a reputation as a supernatural hotspot following reports of paranormal experiences dating back centuries.

South Stack, Wales – USLHS archives

The remote tower on Holy Island has attracted thousands of visitors hoping to catch a glimpse of its otherworldly inhabitants.

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Covesea lighthouse (Scotland) set to be lit up to raise awareness of epilepsy

COVESEA Lighthouse is set to be lit up purple to help raise awareness of epilepsy for Purple Day.

The lighthouse in Lossiemouth will be lit up on Sunday, March 26.

Covesea Skerries, Scotland – Thomas A Tag

Purple Day was founded in Canada by nine-year-old Cassidy Megan in 2008 and is aimed at getting people to talk about epilepsy and dispel the myths attached to the condition.

More than 40 buildings and landmarks across Scotland will be lit up purple on the day.

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