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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

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

Lighting the Way by Land and Sea

Moose Peak Lighthouse (Mistake Island) Photo courtesy T.Bruce Jeffries and lighthousefriends.com. One day in 1905, the MacDonald brothers, both ministers, stood on top of Cadillac Mountain on Mount Desert Island, Maine.  As they scanned the island-laden coastline, Alexander suddenly slapped his brother on the shoulder and exclaimed, “Angus, what a parish this would [...]

By |2017-05-18T17:07:24-05:00September 22nd, 2016|Lighthouse Blog Category|2 Comments

Want to Buy a Lighthouse?

Penfield Reef Light, CT, photo courtesy lighthousefriends.com Now’s your chance to buy something you’ve always wanted – a lighthouse! Yes, right now, there are seven different lighthouses up for bid. So how do you buy your own lighthouse? Under the provisions of the National Historic Lighthouse Preservation Act of 2000, the General Services [...]

By |2017-05-18T17:07:24-05:00August 27th, 2016|Lighthouse Blog Category|4 Comments

A Welcome Sound at the Lighthouse

American Shoal Lighthouse, Florida, photo courtesy lighthousefriends.com   Lighthouses were not always the idyllic, romantic locations many have imagined them to be. Although some of us would welcome the peace and quiet of an isolated lighthouse, to many lighthouse keepers the solitude was depressing, boring and monotonous. Even when the keeper had a [...]

By |2017-05-18T17:07:25-05:00June 24th, 2016|Lighthouse Blog Category|0 Comments

The Brightest Lighthouse

Victory Lighthouse, Italy   Towering above the city of Trieste, Italy, stands the Faro della Vittoria, the Victory Lighthouse. The lighthouse was built as a monument to celebrate Italian victory and honor the country’s soldiers who died at sea in World War I. One of the world’s tallest lighthouses, the structure stands 223-foot [...]

By |2017-05-18T17:07:25-05:00June 17th, 2016|Lighthouse Blog Category|0 Comments

Seals and Lighthouses

Angels Gate Lighthouse, CA, photo courtesy lighthousefriends.com Lighthouse keepers develop a relationship with the sea and learn to appreciate its personality. They also acquire an understanding of the creatures that live within it. Marine animals can provide food for the keepers, but they can also provide company. Along the west coast of the [...]

By |2017-05-18T17:07:25-05:00May 20th, 2016|Lighthouse Blog Category|1 Comment

A Lighthouse Mother and Her Castle on the Water

Rondout Creek Lighthouse, NY, courtesy lighthousefriends.com. Hudson River, NY, 1857 When George Murdock, the keeper at Rondout Creek lighthouse, didn’t return with the supplies, his wife Catherine knew something had happened. Her worries were confirmed when officials from the mainland arrived to tell her he had drowned on his way back to the [...]

By |2017-05-18T17:07:25-05:00May 7th, 2016|Lighthouse Blog Category|3 Comments

To Have and To Hold On! – Lighthouse Weddings

Mile Rocks Lighthouse, CA, old postcard courtesy Lighthouse Digest. Weddings take place in a variety of places. In addition to traditional church weddings, many couples opt for more picturesque or unique settings. From beaches to gardens to mountaintops, marriages are performed in places significant to the two being wed. Lighthouses have long been [...]

By |2017-05-18T17:07:25-05:00April 28th, 2016|Lighthouse Blog Category|2 Comments

Keeping the Faith at the Lighthouse

Cuttyhunk Lighthouse, MA, 1891, photo courtesy USCG   Cuttyhunk Lighthouse, at the western end of Cuttyhunk Island, provided guiding light into both Buzzard’s Bay on one side and Vineyard Sound on the other. The two-mile-long island was home to lighthouse keepers and their families for many years, beginning in 1823. In 1911, Levi [...]

By |2017-05-18T17:07:25-05:00April 22nd, 2016|Lighthouse Blog Category|0 Comments

Spring Splendor Arrives at the Lighthouse

Start Point Lighthouse, Devon, UK Start Point is one of the most exposed peninsulas on the English Coast, running sharply almost a mile into the sea. The rugged, windswept headland was not a popular assignment for the families of lighthouse keepers sent to the 150-year-old lighthouse situated at the end. Winters seemed especially [...]

By |2017-05-18T17:07:26-05:00April 2nd, 2016|Lighthouse Blog Category|0 Comments
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