Thursday, July 12, 2007

Oldest Lighthouse in the United States


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First, a quiz. What is the oldest lighthouse in the U.S.? Well, depends on what you mean by the "oldest." The Boston Light on Little Brewster Island was the first lighthouse built in the United States in 1716. However, it was renovated in 1783 because it was damaged in the Revolutionary War. So, the oldest lighthouse as it was originally constructed is actually the Sandy Hook Lighthouse in New Jersey. Both are still in use today, with the Boston Lighthouse being the last manned lighthouse in the U.S.

The Boston Light, pictured above, has a 98-foot tower which flashes a 1.75 million candlepower beacon every ten seconds, visible for 27 miles. If you'd like to see the Boston Light up close and personal, you can take a tour which includes a ferry boat ride from Boston through the Harbor Islands to Boston Light. You'll get a view of three lighthouses from the ferry: Graves Light, Long Island Head Light, and Boston Light, with an hour-long visit on Little Brewster Island, where you’ll meet the US Coast Guard light keeper and view the lighthouse. The cost is only $28 for the three-hour excursion. Go to http://www.zerve.com/HarborIsland/Light to purchase tickets.

The accompanying photo of the Boston Light was taken by Stephen Gore; http://www.flickr.com/photos/nantaskart/146529094/

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