National Lighthouse Day

On August 7, 1789, Congress approved an act for the establishment of lighthouses and other such. In Celebration of the 200th Anniversary of the signing of the Act and the commissioning of the first Federal lighthouse, Congress passed a resolution which designated August 7, 1989 as National Lighthouse Day.

I am a big fan of lighthouses. I currently live in Oregon, which has many handsome lighthouses as you go down the coast. You can see pictures of them at the NW Coast Website.  I’m admittedly prejudiced, but I think the Oregon coast is the most beautiful coast of all, which makes our lighthouses the best.  🙂

But even more special to me is one particular lighthouse in New York state. When I was a kid, we had a cottage on Lake Ontario at a camp owned by my particular denomination. Just outside the camp was an old abandoned lighthouse. We used to hike over there and sneak in, climbing up to the lamp room, where there were beautiful views of the lake. I’m sure if my parents had known, they would have been horrified, as it was quite dangerous, but ever since I’ve dreamed of having a room like that at the top of a house, all glassed in with a comfortable place to read.

The official name of that lighthouse is Thirty Mile Point Lighthouse and it has now been renovated and is the focal point of Golden Hill State Park. The lighthouse was transferred from the Coast Guard to the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation in 1984. It was featured on a set of four stamps from the USPS a few years ago and is now open for tours for a modest fee. The picture of this lighthouse below is my own.


Quotes about lighthouses

A lighthouse is not interested in who gets its light! It just gives it without thinking! Giving light is its nature!–Mehmet Murat ildan

Lighthouses are not just stone, brick, metal, and glass. There’s a human story at every lighthouse; that’s the story I want to tell.–Elinor Dewire

The isolation spins its mysterious cocoon, focusing the mind on one place, one time, one rhythm – the turning of the light. The island knows no other human voices, no other footprints. On the Offshore Lights you can live any story you want to tell yourself, and no one will say you’re wrong: not the seagulls, not the prisms, not the wind.–M. L. Stedman

What does a lighthouse do? I ask myself. … It can only point the way. Yet, through one lighthouse, you guide many ships. Show this old lighthouse the way.–Lisa Wingate

We have a light upon our house, and it gives hope to all who sail upon the stormy seas.–James Michael Pratt (The Lighthouse Keeper)

I wish to spend a lifetime near a lighthouse where loneliness will be the glimmer of luminous prancing upon ocean waves… rising and falling only for my breathing.–Munia Khan

One moment I gaz’d from the hill’s gentle slope,
All hush’d was the billows’ commotion,
And tho’t that the Light-house look’d lovely as Hope,
That star of life’s tremulous ocean.
–Thomas Moore

Lighthouses don’t go running all over an island looking for boats to save; they just stand there shining.–Anne Lamott

We are the captains of our own ships sailing the sea of life, but in times of a stormy weather, you will discover true friends when they don’t hesitate to be a lighthouse.–Dodinsky

Books are lighthouses erected in the great sea of time.–Edwin P. Whipple

I learnt to love the Lighthouse…
It seem’d, when lives around me
Were fraught with changes ever,
A glad thing to behold one light
False or inconstant never.
~Rowland Brown

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