As anyone involved in lighthouse restoration is aware, there is more to saving a lighthouse than just the tower. All the other buildings at a light station as just as historically important.
However, generally, it's the tower that gets all the early restoration and attention and it was no different at Cape Cod's Sandy Neck Lighthouse where last year volunteers of the American Lighthouse Foundation's Sandy Neck Lighthouse Restoration Committee successfully installed a lantern room atop the lighthouse that had been headless for decades.
After years of deterioration from neglect, this year, the 1905, historic oil house got some long overdo restoration work. Amazingly, unlike many other oil houses at most lighthouses, this one had never been painted and the brick was in good condition, which was not the case with the rotted out roof and the door that had disappeared years ago.
This was the fourth lighthouse oil house restoration spearheaded by Jim Walker, chairman of the Cape Cod Chapter of the American Lighthouse Foundation. He previously oversaw the restoration of oil houses at Wood End, Long Point and Race Point lighthouses. (Photographs by John Crocker)
This story appeared in the
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