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The Lighthouse Keeper No One Knew About

Pencarrow Lighthouse, New Zealand Mary Jane Bennett was New Zealand’s only female lighthouse keeper and was the head keeper of the country’s first permanent lighthouse. However, for many years, her contribution went unnoticed. Mary was the daughter of an English squire, where she lived a comfortable life of prestige. But when George Bennett [...]

By |2021-09-18T19:53:25-05:00September 18th, 2021|Lighthouse Blog Category, Uncategorized|2 Comments

Beacon of Freedom

Fairport Harbor Lighthouse, photo courtesy of Kraig Anderson To many, lighthouses represented guidance and safety. But to runaway slaves in the 1800's, the Fairport Harbor Lighthouse represented freedom. Built in 1825, the Fairport Harbor Lighthouse in Ohio is located at the mouth of the Grand River where it flows into Lake Erie. Fairport’s [...]

By |2021-08-20T16:05:08-05:00August 19th, 2021|Lighthouse Blog Category|3 Comments

Today is National Lighthouse Day!

August 7, 2021 Last year most lighthouses were closed like many other public venues due to the Covid scare. But this year, lighthouses have re-opened, giving us a chance to observe these icons of history in person. If last year has taught us anything, it’s that we should take advantage of opportunities we have while [...]

By |2021-09-16T10:12:10-05:00August 7th, 2021|Lighthouse Blog Category|4 Comments

A Lighthouse Perfectly United

Les Hanois Lighthouse—built by Trinity House in 1862—marks the shoals and reefs off the coast of Guernsey. Situated at the western end of the Channel Islands, the white granite lighthouse rises from a reef on the southwest side of the Island of Guernsey. Les Hanois Lighthouse is important in the development of lighthouse engineering because [...]

By |2021-07-19T17:07:45-05:00July 20th, 2021|Lighthouse Blog Category|2 Comments

Old But Still Serving a Purpose

  Today, I have a milestone birthday. I’ll spare you which one, but I’m still trying to accept my age. Birthdays are so looked forward to when we’re children, but as we get older, they’re not quite as exciting. Getting older is often associated with getting weaker, slower, forgetful, and losing one’s usefulness to society. [...]

By |2021-07-16T12:32:51-05:00July 16th, 2021|Lighthouse Blog Category|3 Comments

Iced Over at Spectacle Reef

Spectacle Reef, photo courtesy Located in Lake Huron, Spectacle Reef is subject to the conditions of the Great Lake. From December through March, the lake is covered with ice. The lighthouse keepers played roulette trying to guess when it was time to go back to the mainland, since shipping stopped during that [...]

By |2021-03-18T12:12:20-05:00March 18th, 2021|Lighthouse Blog Category, Uncategorized|0 Comments

A Thankful Lighthouse

Photo courtesy The lighthouse at the entrance to the Tchefuncte (pronounced “she funk tee”) River was built in 1837 to guide ships across Lake Ponchartrain, Louisiana, to the port in Madisonville, Louisiana. Built on low-lying land, the area of the lighthouse and its other buildings like the keeper’s house, the fog signal, [...]

By |2020-11-30T22:22:14-06:00November 25th, 2020|Lighthouse Blog Category|3 Comments

Lighthouses on Lockdown

Race Point Light, Cape Cod, MA, photo courtesy Closed for overnight stays summer 2020. With the threat of the COVID virus pandemic, most everyone has been affected in some way. Our lives have changed, and our futures questioned. For those of us housebound, we’ve hoped for summer vacation as an escape from [...]

By |2020-05-30T17:20:48-05:00May 30th, 2020|Lighthouse Blog Category|1 Comment

Memorial Day at the Lighthouse

Republished from 2014 Portland Head Light photo by Royalbroil, courtesy Wikimedia “Here they come!” Nine-year-old Tommy shouted from the front porch. Polly dried her hands with the dish towel and followed Emily, Tommy’s little sister, to the front door. Sure enough, coming over the top of the hill were men, women and children [...]

By |2020-05-25T12:56:56-05:00May 25th, 2020|Lighthouse Blog Category|3 Comments

What do you give a Lighthouse Mother?

New Canal Lighthouse, Flickr, Creative Commons, photo by hatchski   What kind of a Mother’s Day gift do you give to a woman who took care of hundreds of people while tending a lighthouse at the same time? Margaret Norvell, who served as a lighthouse keeper at three different lighthouses in Louisiana, was [...]

By |2020-05-10T15:43:39-05:00May 10th, 2020|Lighthouse Blog Category|0 Comments

Honoring Our Lighthouse Ancestors

West Quoddy Head Lighthouse, Maine, photo by Laura Timberman Today's post was written by Special Guest Timothy Harrison, Editor of Lighthouse Digest For almost all of modern history the men and women who have served in our nation’s military forces have been honored with veteran’s markers at their grave sites at community cemeteries across [...]

By |2019-11-21T12:05:00-06:00November 19th, 2019|Lighthouse Blog Category, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Rescued by a Buoy*

I'd like to welcome a fellow lighthouse lady, Elinor DeWire, who wrote this week's post. Elinor is a lighthouse expert and enthusiast, and so we have the latter in common. Hope you enjoy her post! Leave a comment and let us know. To the landsman, buoys are homely, rotund objects bobbing awkwardly in channels and [...]

By |2019-10-18T20:46:29-05:00October 18th, 2019|Lighthouse Blog Category|2 Comments

The Perfect Place to Live

More than twenty lighthouse keepers and assistant keepers served at the Galloo Island Lighthouse from the time of its first lighting in 1820 until its automation in 1963. But the one who served the longest was Robert C. Graves, whose tenure spanned thirty years, first as an assistant keeper in 1903, then as the head [...]

By |2020-07-11T16:46:52-05:00August 24th, 2019|Lighthouse Blog Category|8 Comments

Happy 4th of July!

  This land is my land.Little River Island, Cutler, MainePhoto by Chuck Turk, July 2013 “Good Morning, Baldy,” the lighthouse said as the island’s resident male eagle did a flyby. “Morning, Flash,” Baldy responded. “Beautiful day.” “What have you been doing – fishing?” “Earlier.” The eagle landed on a rock beside the [...]

By |2019-07-04T18:13:24-05:00July 4th, 2019|Lighthouse Blog Category|2 Comments

The Lighthouse Keepers’ Lifeline

Wisconsin Point (Superior Entry) Lighthouse, Photo courtesy November, 1970 Lake Superior was at its worst, with winds of 70 m.p.h. blowing icy waves over the Wisconsin Point Lighthouse and shaking the concrete building. Although the U.S. Coast Guard keepers’ main dwelling was on the mainland, the lighthouse was equipped with a kitchen, [...]

By |2019-06-23T09:13:31-05:00June 23rd, 2019|Lighthouse Blog Category|5 Comments

Special Mission for a Lighthouse Tender

Drogden Lighthouse, Denmark For years, this blog has featured only lighthouses and people who serve them, but today’s blog will be a bit different. Today, I want to tell you about a lighthouse tender, a very special lighthouse tender. A lighthouse tender is a boat that brought supplies to lighthouses. For many of [...]

By |2018-08-24T21:43:13-05:00August 24th, 2018|Lighthouse Blog Category|10 Comments
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