“Steadfast, serene, immovable, the same
Year after year, through all the silent night
Burns on forevermore that quenchless flame,
Shines on that inextinguishable light!”
~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Lighthouses are beautiful structures. They have aided marine pilots for centuries, helping them navigate safely to their destinations. Modern technology has taken over the job of lighthouses. It is a relief to know that there still are lighthouses in operation. So much a part of history, lighthouses should be preserved and their stories told.
I have not been to many lighthouses. But the four I have been to, charmed me with their simple and elegant beauty.
1. Lighthouse of Corregidor Island, Philippines
2. Sandy Hook Lighthouse in New Jersey
Sandy Hook Lighthouse is part of the Sandy Hook Unit of Gateway National Recreation Area managed by the National Park Service. It is the oldest working lighthouse in the United States. Its light guides mariners entering the southern end of New York Harbor. Visitors may go up the lighthouse through free tours headed by a park ranger.
3. Newport Harbor Light in Goat Island, Rhode Island
Also known as the Goat Island Light or Green Light, the lighthouse stands at the north end of Goat Island, which is part of the city of Newport, Rhode Island in Narragansett Bay. It is managed by the Friends of Newport Harbor Lighthouse and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
4. Cape Florida Light in Key Biscayne, Florida
This lighthouse is located within Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park. Constructed in 1825, it guided mariners off the Florida Reef. It has so much history that it is part of the National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom Trail.
Do you have a lighthouse in your area? Do share.