Sunday, August 30, 2009

Upcoming Lighthouse Challenges

Lighthouse Challenges are events where participants are challenged to visit a certain group of lighthouses over one or two days. It's done for the fun of it and to raise awareness of lighthouses.

Coming up:

Lights Across the Border - Eastern Maine & New Brunswick, September 12th. That date is also Maine Open Lighthouse Day.

Maryland Lighthouse Challenge - September 19th and 20th.

New Jersey Lighthouse Challenge - October 17th and 18th.

If you want to get to lighthouses for the challenges or any day of the year, our state and regional maps include directions to the lights or the best viewing spots. Available at museums, gift shops, bookstores and

Saturday, August 29, 2009

President Visits Lighthouse

Not a bad way to raise awareness of lighthouses!

Gay Head Lighthouse is one of more than 30 illustrated with original watercolors on our Massachusetts Lighthouses map and guide, available folded and as a laminated poster.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Maine Lighthouse Museum

Rockland, in Maine's mid-coast region, is perfectly located to house the Maine Lighthouse Museum as well as the offices of the American Lighthouse Foundation. I had only a brief time to spend in the museum, but here are some images:

And of course the maps in the gift shop operated by Lighthouse Depot:

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Cape Elizabeth Lighthouses, Maine

There are two lighthouses at Cape Elizabeth, one of which was decommissioned and is privately owned. Nearby Two Lights State Park is one of my favorite places to sit on the rocks and watch the waves. Also within view of the operating East tower is the Lobster Shack, my favorite place for lobster and clams in Maine. Here are pictures of the rocks by Lobster Shack, my dinner and the lighthouses at dusk.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Cape Neddick Lighthouse, Maine

First view is from York Beach. The light is located on a tiny island referred to locally as The Nubble. I was delighted to find a cute little gift shop operated by the town in the adjacent park, and they now carry our Maine Lighthouses map.

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Lighthouse Maps Updated and Redesigned

Since acquiring Hartnett House earlier this year, we have updated, redesigned and put back into print three regional lighthouse maps: Maine, Mid-Atlantic (NJ, DE, MD, VA) and Massachusetts.

Also in stock is the Lighthouses of the United States map as well as Covered Bridges of Vermont.

We are now getting to work on Southeast lighthouses (NC, SC, GA), which will be followed by Florida and Northwest (WA, OR- AK) later this year.

Friday, August 7, 2009

Today is National Lighthouse Day

Today is the 20th anniversary of the first National Lighthouse Day!

On this day in 1789, the U.S. Congress enacted legislation allowing the federal government control over the creation and maintenance of lighthouses.

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.

Read more from the American Lighthouse Foundation.

Visit a lighthouse today, and use one of our maps to get there!