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National Lighthouse Day August 7th

National Lighthouse Day August 7th

An American National Day not to be missed! Historical recap: annually celebrated on August 7 in the United States, National Lighthouse Day celebrates the importance of lighthouses in maritime navigation. The US Congress designated National Lighthouse Day on August 7, and it was first celebrated in 1989 marking the 200th anniversary of the signing of the Lighthouse Act.    Back in 1789, the First Congress of the newly-formed USA signed what started the establishment of a “Federal System of Lighthouses, Beacons, Buoys and Public Piers”. Indeed, the USA had to provide safe and navigable waterways in order to expand their maritime trade. After the Lighthouses Act was signed by George Washington, the Government created a network of State-owned aids to navigation.       One goal: getting recognition for the lighthouse legacy In 1988, President Ronald Reagan signed the Bill that made August 7 National Lighthouse Day. One of the instigators of this project, Congressman William J. Hughes, gave

The legend of the Alexandria Lighthouse

The legend of the Alexandria Lighthouse

The legend of the Alexandria Lighthouse   Usually we focus on actually existing lighthouses, but in this case we like to make an exception and discuss a lighthouse that has been lost many centuries ago: the Alexandrian Lighthouse. This forlorn beacon remains on the list of the most intriguing structures of the Ancient World and will appeal to all you lighthouse fans out there.   A Traveler's Delight well into the medieval period, people from all around the globe made the pilgrimage to Alexandria to sight see this amazing feat of architecture. Erected in the 3rd century, it was well ahead of its own time.   We would have loved to show a picture of the real lighthouse of Alexandria, but since that one has collapsed a long time ago we have to settle with this great lighthouse of Buchan Ness in Scotland.    One of the 7 wonders Just like most lighthouses, the vulnerability of its location subjected it to many natural disasters over the centuries, and it eventually met its demise and comple

Fire Island Lighthouse, a home for wildlife and culture

Fire Island Lighthouse, a home for wildlife and culture

Fire Island’s cultural treasure alive and well   When most of us think about lighthouses, we envision a bright light that guides mariners home. That is not all the lighthouses around the world do. Many of them are places of rich historical significance and some even environmental treasures. Fire Island’s Lighthouse on the west end of Fire Island, New York, is as much a treasure due to its functionality, as it is to its preservation of the wildlife that calls it home.   The Keeper’s Quarters houses someone who does more than shine a light. Working hard, they keep the lighthouse in excellent shape and the animals call it home in just as good of a shape.   You have to climb 182 steps, but it's worth the effort! (photo: Fire Island Lighthouse)    Majestic view over the ocean   The tower is comprised of 182 steps that lead to one of the most beautiful scenic outlooks in the world. Not only are you privy to the majesty of the ocean around, if you look just ahead, you also get a vision of t

True 'family lighthouse' on Lake Erie

True 'family lighthouse' on Lake Erie

Fairport Lighthouse Museum celabrates naval history   There was a time when a lighthouse was the center of life for individuals who resided in its wake. Things have not changed much over time. The Fairport Lighthouse Museum on the shore of Lake Erie shows proceeding generations what life used to be like around the lake. Besides that, it also unites the community the way it always has.   By Bookalighthouse.com   An amazing structure and one of the first Lighthouse Marine Museums of the Great Lakes in Ohio. After all those years it still stands tall for all to see. Having events for the community at large, many holiday celebrations have become tradition for the residents of Fairport and beyond.   The Fairport Lighthouse and the museum along the shore of Lake Erie. (photo: Fairport Lighthouse Museum)   Lighthouse doubled in height   Founded in 1945 the museum has continued to teach countless citizens about the rich history of the Lake Erie lighthouse. A light guiding many marine-men hom

Preserving maritime history

Preserving maritime history

Tribute to the Chesapeake Chapter lighthouse fans   The Chesapeake Bay area is one of the most historically significant marine locales in the United States. Surrounded by the most spectacular lighthouses found around America, Chesapeake Chapter is an organization whose mission is to restore the many architectural wonders for proceeding generations to witness and explore. Their aim is to preserve maritime history for all to appreciate. Part of the U.S. Lighthouse Society, this chapter focuses on Virginia and Maryland.   The Chesapeake Chapter volunteers in front of the astonishing Chesapeake lighthouse. (photo: Cheslights.org)   Lighthouse events galore   There are an abundance of volunteer opportunities for those both in and outside of the Chesapeake Bay area. You can lend your time, or your finances, to help them achieve their very ambitious goals. Working with local authorities, the public and other private organizations, it is an extensive operation that fosters the beauty of the C

Discover the third oldest US lighthouse -  250 years of history

Discover the third oldest US lighthouse - 250 years of history

The Beavertail Lighthouse Museum offers 250 years of shining history   For those who are looking to visit one of America’s greatest historical treasures, look no further! We present you the Beavertail Lighthouse and Museum. The third oldest lighthouse in the United States. It stands in an amazingly beautiful scenery with an incredible rich history. Located on Rhode Island, it stands on Jamestown's Southern tip.   You won't only find the Beavertail lighthouse on the island, it also houses a maritime museum which has preserved much of the local history. There are many stories to tell about the weary marine men finding their way through rough sea conditions. Often in the dead of night, guided home by the light of this inspiring structure. It is part of Narragansett Bay’s intriguing past and something spectacular to behold.   The third oldest lighthouse inspires painters from all over the country. (photo:Varoujan Karentz / Beavertail Lighthouse Museum)   Oldest remains over 250 years old

Support the Florida Lighthouse Association for its great work

Support the Florida Lighthouse Association for its great work

Florida Lighthouse Association takes care of the beacons   Surrounded by the sea and in the middle of many trade routes, Florida has always been of vital importance to tradesmen. The lighthouses along its coastline have therefore been of at least the same great importance. Now that they are getting more and more obsolete due to modern navigation systems, the Florida Lighthouse Association takes care of these beacons. And you can help, read on!   For centuries the United States is known for its commerce and wealth. Florida, being surrounded by sea, is therefor one of the biggest fishing and importing/exporting states of the US. Throughout centuries, its many lighthouses have allowed those who work at sea the comfort of finding strength and their way home.   The website of the Florida Lighthouse Association offers a great overview of their work, and how you can support them.   Great historical value These lighthouses are not only a part of our history, but also a maritime symbol of amaz

In the spotlight: Lake Erie lighthouse

In the spotlight: Lake Erie lighthouse

The Ashtabula lighthouse still brings the weary home   Most lighthouses are located along salty shores, but let's not forget the beacons on the great lakes. A beautiful example is the Ashtabula lighthouse on Erie Lake. And after almost 150 years it's still bringing the weary home.   There was a time when civilization did not possess sophisticated nautical equipment to tell location or to guide those at sea home. A lighthouse was one of the things that summoned fishermen around the globe home and safely returned them to their families. Many lighthouses have survived the harshness of time, but often not in the best shape. They are cool places to see and visit, and clues to our history. Sadly, many of them are being demolished or neglected. We are on a mission to help save these amazing structures and to get the word out about how amazing they truly are.   Floating beauty   The Ashtabula Lighthouse is located in Ashtabula, Ohio. Originally constructed in 1836, but there have been many add

St. George Island Lighthouse almost washed into the sea...

St. George Island Lighthouse almost washed into the sea...

St. George Island Lighthouse: Lost and found   Saving the St. George Lighthouse is an example of the power of a great cooperation between government and volunteers. This lighthouse can be found on St. George Island, Florida. Although it literally washed into the sea in 2005 when it collapsed on the shores of the Gulf of Mexico on Friday October 21, 2005.   The unfortunate beacon was erected in 1852 and survived over 150 years. Until she became victim of beach erosion and waves beating the shoreline on this unfortunate day in 2005.   In 2005 the old St. George Lighthouse collapsed into the sea. And look at her now! (photo: Debbie Hooper)   Cleaning brick by brick   Three years after this horrendous event, on December 1, 2008 the lighthouse was opened again after three years of renovation work, lead by the St. George Lighthouse Association. Great work was done with state and government support and of course many volunteers who cleaned the mortar of the countless bricks so they could be

Global lighthouse preservation

Global lighthouse preservation

We help saving lighthouses around the world! Do you have a lighthouse preservation story we can add? Contact us!   Bookalighthouse.com cares about the future of lighthouses. Therefore we raise attention for the preservation of lighthouses around the world. We hope also future generations will be able to enjoy these wonderful beacons of hope. In the articles published in this Global Lighthouse Preservation sub-section we share information about great lighthouse saving projects along countless shorelines – and you’re invited to get involved!     1. Fire Island’s cultural treasure alive and well When most of us think about lighthouses, we envision a bright light that guides mariners home. That is not all the lighthouses around the nation do. Many of them are places of rich historical significance and some even environmental treasures. Fire Island’s Lighthouse is as much such a treasure due to its functionality. Thanks to its preservation of wildlife that calls it home too. Read more >>  

Gabarus Bay lighthouse in danger

Gabarus Bay lighthouse in danger

Help saving the historic lighthouse in Nova Scotia   If you have never heard of the Lighthouse at Gabarus Bay, you are not alone. That does not mean your lack of knowledge is warranted, however. Perhaps one of the most exotic places to visit on Earth, is in great danger. Why? It is possible that one of the greatest historic marine landmarks may be on its way to extinction. This magnificent lighthouse, after 125 years in the Atlantic, is being held up in political purgatory. The decision to save it is one that has already been made. The funding is available: it is all in the hands of some political red tape.   See all details about this Nova Scotia Lighthouse, and click here if you want to book a lighthouse.    The lighthouse has withstood a tremendous amount of destruction since 1890. Not only has the sea air taken its toll with its caustic nature, also the cliff, which is below the lighthouse, is all washed away by the turbulent tides. On the verge of being taken down, many are rallyi

A private island with lighthouse just for you

A private island with lighthouse just for you

A lighthouse destination to fulfill your dreams   Have you ever dreamed of your own private island to live on? Well, you may not be able to buy one, but that doesn’t mean you can’t visit one for a spectacular holiday getaway. The Lighthouse Island Istria in Croatia is what dreams are made of.   Check this lighthouse in Croatia!   Situated just outside the mainland, it takes only a couple of minutes to make it to shore. Feeling like you have entered into paradise, it is something that should be on everyone’s bucket list to explore.     Historical lighthouse rental   Built in 1833, the lighthouse ('svjetionik' in Croatian) is located only 2.5km from the shoreline town of Premantura. Located at the bottom of this spectacular lighthouse is an apartment where you can dream of leaving your world behind and being in your own private surroundings. At night, the sky is shocking, like a fireworks display full of stars you never knew existed. The sunrise and sunset are more than spectacular and

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