Lighthouse News of the Week

News of the week June 2, 2023

Want to own a lighthouse? Here are 10 the US is giving away or auctioning this year

The United States is giving away lighthouses that once served as beacon for water navigation.

Plymouth, MA – Jeremy d’Entremont

The U.S. General Services Administration’s (GSA) effort to “deliver value and savings in federal real estate for taxpayers” and protect the heritage of lighthouses is underway, with the agency announcing its annual list of properties that are now available.

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She bought an abandoned US lighthouse. Now you can too

Sheila Consul, a Washington, DC-based communications executive, was in the market for a summer home when she came across a rare find.

Fairport Harbor West Breakwater, OH – Bruce Bennett

A historic, white and red, lakefront property located just off the shores of Lake Erie and Surrounded by glittering water on all sides. Its name? The Fairport Harbor West lighthouse.

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Marblehead (OH) Lighthouse called one of most beautiful in the U.S.

MARBLEHEAD – Marblehead Lighthouse has been named one of the most beautiful lighthouses in the United States by, an online travel magazine.

Marblehead, OH – Thomas A Tag

Built in 1821 and put into service in 1822, the Marblehead Lighthouse has stood on the rocky shores of the Marblehead peninsula for more than two centuries, guiding ships through Sandusky Bay as well as offering breathtaking views of the Lake Erie Islands.

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McGulpin Point (MI) Lighthouse opens season with new restorations

MACKINAW CITY — At the very northern point of Emmet County, the McGulpin Point Lighthouse has kept watch over the Straits of Mackinac since 1869.

McGulpin Point, MI – Thomas A Tag

In active operation until 1906, the lighthouse was purchased by Emmet County in 2008 and reopened to the public in 2009.

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Hudson-Athens (NY) Lighthouse to begin restorations , public tours in June

Hudson, N.Y. (NEWS10) – Connecting two communities, the Hudson-Athens Lighthouse has been a symbol of the region for almost 150 years.

Hudson Athens, NY – Mike & Carol McKinney

While its future is uncertain, a beacon of hope remains as one group works to restore and protect the beloved landmark.

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Grand Haven (MI) lighthouse renovations resuming soon

GRAND HAVEN, MI – Renovations of Grand Haven’s iconic lighthouse will resume Tuesday, and last for much of the summer.

Grand Haven South Pierhead Range, MI – Ralph

The work will involve restoration of the exterior concrete wall of the South Pier Entrance Light. Exterior deck surfaces, concrete stairs and hand railing also will be restored.

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Seul Choix (MI) Lighthouse opens for summer

Gulliver, Mich. (WLUC) – The Seul Choix Lighthouse in Gulliver is open for the summer.

Seul Choix, MI – Tobi Graham

Formally regulated by the U.S. Coast Guard, this major historical lighthouse has helped guide many ships thought the Great Lakes.

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OLD KENOSHA (WI): One-armed lighthouse keeper fights for his job

President Theodore Roosevelt leaned back in his chair, removed his wire-rimmed glasses and rubbed the bridge of his nose. With a sigh, he looked at the stack of letters and petitions on his desk.

Kenosha South Port, WI – Thomas A Tag

Every one of the communications sang the praises of a one-armed lighthouse keeper in Kenosha, Wisconsin.

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The Nobska (MA) Lighthouse Could Be Awarded To A Falmouth Nonprofit

Falmouth, MA – The Nobska Lighthouse is a symbol of Cape Cod, but ownership of the historic structure hasn’t been local. That could soon be changing.

Nobska, MA- Jeremy D’Entremont

On Tuesday, Friends of the Nobska Light announced that they would apply of the lighthouse with the support of the Falmouth officials and the Coast Guard.

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Cape May Lighthouse, #4 in Best Things To Do in Cape May

Built in 1859 and opened to the public in 1988, the Cape May Lighthouse has welcomed more than 2.5 million visitors to date. Travelers who scale the 199 steps to the top of the lighthouse will be rewarded with panoramic oceanfront views. Those who would rather stay on solid ground can enjoy the Oil House, which contains a visitor center and a museum shop with souvenirs.

Cape May , NJ – James Hill

The majority of recent vacationers recommended a trip to this Cape May landmark. Even visitors who didn’t climb to the top of the lighthouse were fond of the beachfront location and peaceful surroundings. Those who did make the journey up enjoyed the 360-degree views. Still, some families with young children said climbing the stairs was a challenge and recommended admiring the structure from the outside for free.

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