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Lighthouse News of the Week – March 20, 2020

Lighthouse organizations and museums deal with the COVID-19 pandemic We know this has been a difficult and stressful time for many of our friends in the lighthouse world. We will remain a strong community and we will persevere, knowing that brighter days will return. Like everyone in the U.S. and elsewhere, people in the lighthouse… Continue reading Lighthouse News of the Week – March 20, 2020

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Lighthouse News of the Week – March 13, 2020

Point Sur Lighthouse (CA) to reopen soon California’s Point Sur Lighthouse, situated on a dramatic volcanic outcrop on the central coast, has been closed for the past 14 months as repairs have been completed to one of its five access bridges. The repairs are nearly complete; tours of the lighthouse will soon resume and new… Continue reading Lighthouse News of the Week – March 13, 2020

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Lighthouse News of the Week – February 28, 2020

Blackwater abolitionist was the first African American lighthouse keeper at Cape Henry Lighthouse, Virginia To commemorate Black History Month, The Virginian-Pilot and Daily Press is highlighting persons, places and events related to local black history. Willis Augustus Hodges was born on a farm in Blackwater, Virginia, in 1815. His parents and grandmothers were free, but… Continue reading Lighthouse News of the Week – February 28, 2020

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Orfordness Lighthouse (1792) in Suffolk, England, to be demolished

There have been lighthouses on Orford Ness, in Suffolk, England, since 1637 when a pair of leading lights was established; the 1792 tower built as the “high light” became an icon of the area. After its decommissioning in 2013 because of the encroaching sea, the lighthouse became the property of the Orfordness Lighthouse Trust and… Continue reading Orfordness Lighthouse (1792) in Suffolk, England, to be demolished

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Lighthouse News of the Week – February 21, 2020

Point Betsie Lighthouse (MI) threatened by high water Lake Michigan and Lake Huron broke 33-year-old records for high water levels last month, according to the Army Corps of Engineers. Several factors are contributing to the high lake levels, including heavy rainfall totals and warmer than normal temperatures that have led to greater runoff across much… Continue reading Lighthouse News of the Week – February 21, 2020

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Did Fastnet Lighthouse sway in a storm this past weekend?

Fastnet Lighthouse, on a small rock outcropping at the southernmost point of Ireland, is one of the most famous lighthouses in the world. The first Fastnet Lighthouse, made of cast iron, began service on January 1, 1854. The black base of the original lighthouse is still visible on top of the rock. Construction on a… Continue reading Did Fastnet Lighthouse sway in a storm this past weekend?

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Lighthouse News of the Week – February 14, 2020

Saving the Tchefuncte River Lighthouse, Louisiana Madisonville, in St. Tammany Parish, Louisiana, is bordered on the east by the Tchefuncte River, which runs south to Lake Ponchartrain. The town owns the Tchefuncte River Lighthouse, which is managed by the Ponchartrain Basin Maritime Museum. Erosion has removed much land from the area around the mouth of… Continue reading Lighthouse News of the Week – February 14, 2020

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Heceta Head lens restoration team, April 2001

Wickie from NHJeremy 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… Continue reading Heceta Head lens restoration team, April 2001

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Lighthouse News of the Week – February 7, 2020

Admiralty Head Lighthouse (WA) closed for restoration work Scaffolding temporarily surrounds the Admiralty Head Lighthouse at Fort Casey State Park, on Whidbey Island near Coupeville, Washington. The lighthouse will be closed to visitors for a few months for a major renovation project on the 1903 structure, which will include masonry work, metal work, window restoration,… Continue reading Lighthouse News of the Week – February 7, 2020