It was on this day in 1789, that Congress approved an Act for the establishment and support of lighthouses, beacons, buoys and public piers. 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.
Instead of posting a photo of the exterior of our lovely lighthouse, which most of us locals probably see on a fairly regular basis, I’m posting a photo of the Lighthouse Keeper’s Office inside, which has been beautifully restored and maintained.
When we posted Tim’s story about jumping off the buoy in the 1970s a few weeks ago, we climbed up the tower stairs to take some pictures of the buoy and see what’s been happening inside the lighthouse.
If you haven’t been in there lately, definitely carve out a little time to go check it out. There are many beautiful new displays, including lighthouse keeper Sarah Lane’s room, complete with clothing, vintage furniture and more.
A strong, determined woman, Sarah married Captain John Lane in 1858 at the age of 18, first serving as assistant lighthouse keeper. As her husband’s health declined, she became the main lighthouse keeper, keeping the light burning, trimming the wicks every four hours, entertaining visitors and more. I can just picture her sitting at that desk in the top photo.
She retired in 1908 after serving 25 years as lighthouse keeper and moved to New Jersey to live with her grandson. Sarah died in 1920.
Click here to learn more about Mission Point Lighthouse and see a photo gallery of the Mission Point Lighthouse Founder’s Day gathering in 2016.