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Grandmother Inspires Amazing Replica of Sturgeon Point Lighthouse


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In 1909, Carrie Jennings lived with the ...

Approximately five years ago during a visit to Michigan's Sturgeon Point Lighthouse, Garry Hammond, of Bancroft, Michigan, noticed a photograph of his grandmother, Carrie Jennings in the lighthouse museum. The 1909 photograph showed his grandmother with the class she was teaching back then. He soon learned from the Alcona Historical Society that his grandmother lived with the lighthouse keepers at the time when she was a teacher.

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Ever since that day, Hammond started developing a plan to build a replica of the beautiful lighthouse. Over a period of several years and many visits to the beacon, he took numerous photographs and measurements and soon created a 3-D image of the structure.

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Garry Hammond with his great granddaughter is ...

Finally in the summer of 2005 construction of the replica began. After several hundred hours of work, 27 sheets of plywood, 54 eight-foot 2x4's, 24 twelve-foot 1x8 cedar boards, a roll of copper sheeting, PVC pipe, shingles and numerous other materials, the one-quarter scale replica of Sturgeon Point Lighthouse was completed. As you can see this is not your typical lawn lighthouse. In fact, if you look at a photograph of the replica without people standing next to it, you might think you were looking at the real Sturgeon

Point Lighthouse.

This story appeared in the July 2006 edition of Lighthouse Digest Magazine. The print edition contains more stories than our internet edition, and each story generally contains more photographs - often many more - in the print edition. For subscription information about the print edition, click here.

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