Bright Ideas

Bright Ideas #7: Postbellum Evolution Of The Standard Brick Lighthouse Plan

The Civil War was an important event in the history of lighthouse design. Many Southern lighthouses that would otherwise have been in service for a long time, probably even standing today, were destroyed during the conflict. The need to rebuild created new opportunities to innovate and improve. The lighthouse engineers of the 1850s had nearly… Continue reading Bright Ideas #7: Postbellum Evolution Of The Standard Brick Lighthouse Plan

Light Hearted

Light Hearted ep 85 – Italian historian/author Annamaria Mariotti

Annamaria Mariotti was born in Camogli, in northern Italy, and she still lives and works there. She is the author of many books, articles, and stories related to the sea. Her passion for lighthouses began with the Capo Sandalo Lighthouse on the Italian island of San Pietro and with the Lighthouse of Genoa. She’s visited… Continue reading Light Hearted ep 85 – Italian historian/author Annamaria Mariotti

News

Lighthouse News of the Week – October 16, 2020

Hudson River Lighthouse and Fall Foliage Boat Tours (New York) Explore the historic lighthouses and stunning landscapes of the Hudson River on a scenic boat ride! Aboard the Solaris, you can discover wildlife, dive into the industrial history of Rondout Creek, hear spooky legends of the river on a candle-lit tour, or simply enjoy a… Continue reading Lighthouse News of the Week – October 16, 2020

News

Dunkirk Lighthouse (NY) offering history and haunts

Dunkirk Light, also known as Point Gratiot Light, is an active lighthouse located at Point Gratiot on Lake Erie in New York state. The lighthouse was established in 1826 and the current tower was first lit in 1875. The lighthouse was automated in 1960 and is still operational. A retired teacher, “Lighthouse Dave” has been… Continue reading Dunkirk Lighthouse (NY) offering history and haunts

Light Hearted

Light Hearted ep 84 – David Gendell, author of Thomas Point Shoal Lighthouse: A Chesapeake Bay Icon

Thomas Point Shoal Lighthouse, located offshore from the southern tip of the peninsula where Annapolis, Maryland, is located, is the last surviving screw-pile lighthouse in Chesapeake Bay. The light station was established in 1838 and the current lighthouse was built in 1875. Today, the City of Annapolis owns the lighthouse. The City leases it to… Continue reading Light Hearted ep 84 – David Gendell, author of Thomas Point Shoal Lighthouse: A Chesapeake Bay Icon

News

Lighthouse News of the Week – October 9, 2020

Ocracoke Lighthouse (NC) hit by vandals Park rangers with the Cape Hatteras National Seashore say they are investigating vandalism to the oldest operating lighthouse in North Carolina. Rangers discovered damage to the Ocracoke Lighthouse on Sunday. A wooden ventilation slat was missing from the door. A wire screen on the door had also been detached.… Continue reading Lighthouse News of the Week – October 9, 2020

News

The Kerosene Keeper: The world’s last traditional lighthouse keeper & Hurricane Dorian.

The lighthouse on Elbow Cay in Abaco, Bahamas, is special in that it is the home to the last kerosene burning fixture in the world, with its keeper Jeffery and a society (ERLS) dedicated to keeping it going the way it has for over 150 years. When monster Category 5 Hurricane Dorian struck the Bahamas… Continue reading The Kerosene Keeper: The world’s last traditional lighthouse keeper & Hurricane Dorian.

Tours

Lighthouse Tour Retrospective – Greece 2019

Join the Society’s next lighthouse tour retrospective and experience this wonderful trip. Interact with the tour leader and other Society members as we continue sharing our tour experiences and have some fun learning about new places. The presentation will include a prepared narrative, photographs, historical information and a Q&A period at the end. Date: Saturday,… Continue reading Lighthouse Tour Retrospective – Greece 2019

Light Hearted

Light Hearted ep 83 – Tim Pettee and Alex Pettee, Greens Ledge Lighthouse, Connecticut

Greens Ledge is one of several treacherous formations near Norwalk Harbor in Connecticut. Congress appropriated $60,000 for the establishment of a light and fog signal at Greens Ledge in 1899, and the 52-foot lighthouse was finished in 1902. Greens Ledge is a cast-iron tower on a cylindrical cast-iron concrete-filled foundation, typical of offshore “sparkplug” lights… Continue reading Light Hearted ep 83 – Tim Pettee and Alex Pettee, Greens Ledge Lighthouse, Connecticut