Train Layout at East Point Lighthouse
As a kid, I fondly remember looking forward to the spectacular train layouts during the Christmas season at the Sears store and other department stores; something you don’t see much of anymore. However, all those memories came back to me when I saw the spectacular train layout for this past holiday season at the 1849 East Point Lighthouse in Maurice River, New Jersey. And, look at all the lighthouses they used! We understand that more lights are being added, so that all of New Jersey’s lighthouses will be included. Wow! It even includes their very own East Point Lighthouse and its revetment for erosion control. (Photo by Nancy Patterson Tidy)
Rays of Hope
The rays of the sun poking through the clouds seem to cast a glimmer of hope on the keeper’s house at Maine’s Prospect Harbor Lighthouse, which was heavily damaged by fire on June 27, 2022. It is still unknown whether or not the house will be demolished or an attempt will be made to save and restore it. (Photo by Monroe Hart)
Painting Cape Lookout
These photos of North Carolina’s 1859 Cape Lookout Lighthouse, being painted in October of 2004, were recently sent to us by Bob Daniels. He took them when he and his wife were visiting the area while celebrating their 35th wedding anniversary. It was not until 1873 that the lighthouse was painted with large, diagonal, alternating black and white diamonds. It is stated that the black diamonds are orientated north and south toward the shallow waters of the shoals and around the headlands, while the white diamonds are orientated east and west facing the deeper waters of Raleigh’s Bay to the east and Onslow Bay to the west. The lighthouse is currently endangered due to erosion. These photos are of great historical significance because they show the lighthouse with its all-white coating of paint, and because we did not have any photos in our archives of when the tower was being painted in 2004. Look closely at the right-side photo and you will see the painters on the suspended scaffolding, high up on the tower. (Photos by RRDaniels)
U.S. Capitol Tree at Bodie Island Lighthouse
The 78-foot-tall Red Spruce Christmas Tree made a photo stop at North Carolina’s 1872 Bodie Island Lighthouse while on its way to the nation’s capitol. The tree, nicknamed “Ruby,” was harvested from North Carolina’s Pisgah National Forrest. It was hauled by a Kenworth T680 Next Gen with the husband-and-wife driver team of Harold “Ed” Kingdon Jr. and Deborah Z. Kingdon. There were a number of sponsors for the long haul to Washington D.C., but the primary ones were Kenworth Trucks, 84 Lumber, Hardy Brothers Trucking, and Hale Trailers. (Photos courtesy of the Cape Hatteras National Seashore and U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree)
These neat, autumn 2022, late-evening photos taken on the spiraling stairway of Florida’s Pensacola Lighthouse and its magnificent, lighted Fresnel lens were taken by Brian Margavich.
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