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Light Hearted ep 282 – Ben Ridings, Cape May, NJ

Cape May Lighthouse stands at the southern tip of the state of New Jersey, on the north side of the entrance to Delaware Bay. The first lighthouse on the site was built in 1823, and the second in 1847. The locations of the first two lighthouses are now underwater. The extant 157-foot brick lighthouse began… Continue reading Light Hearted ep 282 – Ben Ridings, Cape May, NJ

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Light Hearted Lite #4 – Matt Rosenberg, Nubble Light, Maine

This installment features highlights from an interview that was originally recorded in March 2019. Matt Rosenberg is a high school English teacher and also the seasonal caretaker and modern day keeper of the famous Cape Neddick Light Station in York, better known as the Nubble Light. The light station is owned by the Town of… Continue reading Light Hearted Lite #4 – Matt Rosenberg, Nubble Light, Maine

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Light Hearted ep 281 – Kevin Allor, Calvert Marine Museum, MD; Karen Larson, Barnegat Light Museum, NJ

The exhibits at the Calvert Marine Museum in Solomons, Maryland, focus on maritime heritage and the natural history of the Chesapeake Bay. On the museum grounds is Drum Point Lighthouse, a cottage-style screw-pile structure that was originally located on the Chesapeake Bay near the mouth of the Patuxent River.  The lighthouse was moved to its… Continue reading Light Hearted ep 281 – Kevin Allor, Calvert Marine Museum, MD; Karen Larson, Barnegat Light Museum, NJ

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Light Hearted Lite #3 – Author Eric Jay Dolin

This is an edited version of an interview first recorded in 2019 and appearing in Light Hearted episode 26. Eric Jay Dolin is the author of 14 books and dozens of articles on American history. The book that’s discussed in this interview is the acclaimed Brilliant Beacons: A History of the American Lighthouse, published in 2016. C. Douglas… Continue reading Light Hearted Lite #3 – Author Eric Jay Dolin

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Light Hearted ep 280 – Alexa Price, Historic Ships in Baltimore

Located in the inner harbor of Baltimore, Maryland, Historic Ships of Baltimore celebrates more than 200 years of Maryland’s naval and maritime history. The site’s attractions include the sloop-of-war Constellation, the last sail-only warship designed and built by the United States Navy. Among the other highlights are the USS Torsk, a Navy submarine commissioned in… Continue reading Light Hearted ep 280 – Alexa Price, Historic Ships in Baltimore

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Light Hearted 279 – Kevin Ferias & a lighthouse for sale in MA; Nancy Patterson & an update on East Point, NJ; Carol Connor & a unique faux lighthouse in CT

Borden Flats Lighthouse in Fall River, Massachusetts, was bought in 2011 by Nick Korstad under the guidelines of the National Historic Lighthouse Preservation Act, and Nick fixed it up and opened it up to the public for overnight stays. In 2018, it was bought by Kevin Ferias, who has continued to operate it as a… Continue reading Light Hearted 279 – Kevin Ferias & a lighthouse for sale in MA; Nancy Patterson & an update on East Point, NJ; Carol Connor & a unique faux lighthouse in CT

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Light Hearted ep 278 – Tom Hoffman, Sandy Hook, NJ

The lighthouse that stands at the end of the long spit of land known as Sandy Hook, on the approach to New York Harbor, began service in 1764, making it the oldest standing lighthouse tower in the United States. The octagonal rubblestone tower stands 103 feet tall. The light remains active, with the Fresnel lens… Continue reading Light Hearted ep 278 – Tom Hoffman, Sandy Hook, NJ

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Light Hearted 277 – Horton Point, NY, and “The Lady Lighthouse Keeper”

Horton Point Lighthouse is on the north side of eastern Long Island, New York, in the area known as the North Fork. The granite and brick building consists of a two floor keeper’s dwelling attached to a square, 59-foot-tall lighthouse tower. The building was nearly demolished after World War II, but the Southold Historical Society… Continue reading Light Hearted 277 – Horton Point, NY, and “The Lady Lighthouse Keeper”

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Light Hearted ep 276 – Maine Maritime Museum and Sounds of the Maine Coast

Located in the historic shipbuilding city of Bath, Maine, the Maine Maritime Museum includes exhibits dedicated to the past, present, and future of Maine’s storied waterways. For lighthouse buffs, there’s an exhibit called “Into the Lantern: A Lighthouse Experience.” Opening this past February, the exhibit “Lost and Found: Sounds of the Maine Coast” is a… Continue reading Light Hearted ep 276 – Maine Maritime Museum and Sounds of the Maine Coast

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Light Hearted ep 275 – U.S. Lighthouse Society founder Wayne Wheeler, part 2 of 2

This is part two of a two part interview with Wayne and Sally Wheeler, recorded in Washington state in March 2024. Wayne is a former Coast Guard officer who founded the U.S. Lighthouse Society in San Francisco in 1984, and he is now the president emeritus of the Society. The idea for the formation of… Continue reading Light Hearted ep 275 – U.S. Lighthouse Society founder Wayne Wheeler, part 2 of 2