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Lighthouse News of the Week – August 20, 2021

Burnt Island (ME) celebrates lighthouse’s 200th birthday Elaine Jones carefully, and briefly, removed the red cloth, revealing a bronze plaque attached to the wall of the Burnt Island lighthouse. It celebrates the bicentennial of the lighthouse tower, and the distinction it now holds. Jones is the unofficial lightkeeper of Burnt Island, a job she inherited when… Continue reading Lighthouse News of the Week – August 20, 2021

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New book: The Light at Fort Point: A History of Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouse 1771-2021

Well protected and seldom frozen over, the harbor of Portsmouth, New Hampshire, near the mouth of the Piscataqua River, was one of the busiest ports of colonial America. The town of New Castle, once known as Great Island, was long a thriving fishing village, and it was the first capital of the province of New… Continue reading New book: The Light at Fort Point: A History of Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouse 1771-2021

Light Hearted

Light Hearted ep 132 – Meghan Agresto, Currituck Beach, NC

The Outer Banks, a 200-mile-long chain of barrier islands, stretch from southeastern Virginia to most of the North Carolina coast. The islands were a haven for piracy in the 1600s, but later an important commercial fishing industry developed in the region. Currituck Beach Lighthouse—the northernmost of the light stations on the Outer Banks—began service on… Continue reading Light Hearted ep 132 – Meghan Agresto, Currituck Beach, NC

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Lighthouse News of the Week – August 13, 2021

Thomas Point Shoal Lighthouse (MD) unveiled on National Lighthouse Day It’s only fitting that on August 7, the day the nation celebrates its lighthouses, residents of Annapolis, Maryland, gathered to celebrate a big honor for their own beacon — the last-of-its-kind Thomas Point Shoal Lighthouse. On National Lighthouse Day, Thomas Point’s limited-edition U.S. Postal Service… Continue reading Lighthouse News of the Week – August 13, 2021

Books

“Thomas Point Shoal Lighthouse: A Chesapeake Bay Icon” by David Gendell –Review by Henry Gonzalez, Vice President, U.S. Lighthouse Society

In the first book written on the iconic 1875 Thomas Point Shoal Lighthouse, author David Gendell has written an informative and enjoyable book that weaves an entertaining story about the lighthouse. His rich tale pays tribute to the history and maritime culture of the region. This lighthouse, located in the Chesapeake Bay a few miles… Continue reading “Thomas Point Shoal Lighthouse: A Chesapeake Bay Icon” by David Gendell –Review by Henry Gonzalez, Vice President, U.S. Lighthouse Society

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Mid-Atlantic Lighthouse Stamps are now available

Stamps depicting the beauty, mystery and romance of lighthouses that have fascinated and enchanted people for centuries continue in 2021 with the issuance of Mid-Atlantic Lighthouses, the latest in the Postal Service’s continuing series of lighthouse stamps. The Mid-Atlantic Lighthouses are the seventh installment in the Postal Service’s long-running lighthouse series. Howard Koslow (1924-2016) was… Continue reading Mid-Atlantic Lighthouse Stamps are now available

Light Hearted

Light Hearted ep 131 – Randy Polumbo, Orient Point, NY; George Latimer, Tarrytown, NY

Orient Point Lighthouse is a cast-iron, so-called “sparkplug” type lighthouse in a location known as Plum Gut, between Plum Island and Orient Point at the northeastern tip of Long Island, New York. After its 1958 automation, the Coast Guard considered tearing it down and replacing it with a simple pipe tower, but a public outcry… Continue reading Light Hearted ep 131 – Randy Polumbo, Orient Point, NY; George Latimer, Tarrytown, NY

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Lighthouse News of the Week – August 6, 2021

National Lighthouse Day offers free tours Saturday at Roanoke River Lighthouse in Edenton, NC The annual celebration of National Lighthouse Day (August 7) will be held at the historic 1886 Roanoke River Lighthouse on the waterfront in Edenton. The lighthouse will be open free to visitors from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event also… Continue reading Lighthouse News of the Week – August 6, 2021

Light Hearted

Light Hearted ep 130 – Author Elinor DeWire; new Mid-Atlantic lighthouse postage stamps

Elinor DeWire is an award-winning author, editor, public speaker, educator, and blogger based in Connecticut. She began her writing career with freelance stories for a Florida newspaper, and in 1987 she published her first book, Guide to Florida Lighthouses. Since then, she’s authored some twenty books about lighthouses. From 1991 to 2000 Elinor wrote two regular… Continue reading Light Hearted ep 130 – Author Elinor DeWire; new Mid-Atlantic lighthouse postage stamps