This beautiful starry night image of North Carolina’s 1872 Bodie Island Lighthouse was taken by Alan Trammel. Many people consider this the most beautiful lighthouse in the National Park System. The tower was designed by Dexter Stetson, who also designed North Carolina’s Cape Hatteras Lighthouse.
Lighthouse on Gym Floor
The Cape Romain Environmental Educational Charter School in McClellanville, South Carolina, which has used that state’s Cape Romain Lighthouse in their logo since 2012, recently redid their gym floor. It shows both the 1858 tower and the old 1827 tower. We think this is pretty slick. (Photo by Michael Bowers)
Jayhawk at Wood Island
A United States Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter makes a maintenance visit to Wood Island Lighthouse at the mouth of the Saco River off the coast of Biddeford Pool, Maine. In 1994, Tim Harrison, editor of Lighthouse Digest, met and interviewed Alice Benson, widow of Earle E. Benson, who was the keeper of Wood Island Lighthouse from 1934 to 1951. She shared many memories and photographs of life at the lighthouse with him, as well as her husband’s Coast Guard uniform, which is now in the collection of the Maine Lighthouse Museum. On July 27, 2016, Lighthouse Digest honored James A. Morris, who was the keeper at Wood Island Lighthouse from 1923 to 1926, with a U.S. Lighthouse Service Memorial Marker at the Mt. Height Cemetery in Southwest Harbor, Maine. (Photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Amanda Wyrick, USCG)
The Original Search Engine
As telephone directories or phone books become a thing of the past, there are still plenty of them around. This one, issued in September 2020 by Consolidated Communications, features Maine’s West Quoddy Head Lighthouse, the easternmost lighthouse on the Continental Atlantic Coast of the United States. We love its slogan: “The Original Search Engine.”
The Covid-19 lockdown gave Lighthouse Digest subscriber Dennis Colby of Florida some time to sort through some scrapbooks that had been left to him by his parents. In the mid-1930s, his mother had a pen pal in Stockholm, Sweden who sent her a number of photos including this one of a lighthouse.
Lake Superior’s Mendota Lighthouse was built in 1895 to replace an earlier 1870 tower. The lantern houses the restored original 4th order lens. After the lighthouse was automated in 1933, it was sold into private ownership and remains so to this day, having recently changed hands. (Photo by Nicole Ashley)
Every lighthouse photographer is always looking to capture a unique angle for a stunning photograph of our historic beacons. We like this one of North Carolina’s Ocracoke Lighthouse, taken by Stephen Wilmoth.
Painting High Up
Painters are shown here finishing up the painting this past October 6 of the Delaware Breakwater (East End) Lighthouse in Lewes, Delaware. (Photo by Greg Krawczyk)
It’s difficult to get a reflection photo of a lighthouse if that body of water is just a temporary one; however, this beautiful photo of North Carolina’s Ocracoke Lighthouse does just that. (Photo by Gary Martin)
Lost Light Remembered
This flag and school rings from Lewes High School are on display at the Lewes History Museum, in Lewes, Delaware. They feature that state’s Cape Henlopen Lighthouse that collapsed from erosion in 1929. In 1969, Lewes High School was merged with two other schools to create Cape Henlopen High School and the lighthouse image was discontinued. (Photos by Greg Krawczyk)
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