Happy National Lighthouse Day! On this day back in 1789, Congress signed the Act for the establishment and support of lighthouses, beacons, buoys, and public piers. The first Federal lighthouse was Cape Henry Lighthouse in the Chesapeake Bay. It was built by John McComb Jr and it was completed in 1792. And then on this day in 1989, today was declared National Lighthouse Day.
The one on the right was the original.
Lighthouses, now, are mainly tourist attractions. However, lighthouses played a very important role in the safety and navigation of ships. Lighthouses used a system of lamps/lights and lenses to emit light into the darkness towards the sea. They were used as a warning of dangerous coastlines and coral reefs.
Lighthouses go way back to the Ancient times. One of the most famous was the Lighthouse of Alexandria, which was built in the harbor of Alexandria, Egypt.
The tallest lighthouse in the United States is the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, which stands 207 feet high. It is also one of the tallest lighthouses made of brick still standing. I’ve been there, and it really is beautiful. Apparently, each lighthouse is designated a certain pattern for identification– for example: diamonds, stripes, spirals, and even color.
I’ve been to a few lighthouses on the East Coast. We even hand one in Oswego, where I went to college. Let’s see, I’ve been to: Portland Head Light in Maine, Tibbetts Point Light in Cape Vincent, NY, Bodie Island Lighthouse and Cape Hatteras Lighthouse in North Carolina. I swear I’ve been to more. Maybe they were considered lighthouses but they didn’t look like lighthouses, you know.
Portland Head Lighthouse
My Bodie with Bodie Lighthouse
One of my favorite episodes of Ghost Hunters features St. Augustine Lighthouse in Florida. They caught a shadow moving upwards and then leaning over the railing looking down at them and such but no one was there. It was crazy. i can’t find the video though😦
Have all y’all ever been to a lighthouse and admired its pure beauty? Well today you should.