August 7 Is National Lighthouse Day
|Light The Way Lighthouse Print by bmthour|
Why was August 7 selected? That's because it was on this day in 1789 that congress passed legislation authorizing the government to build and maintain lighthouses. You can read the full text of the legislation here, It's just a few paragraphs. They didn't need thousands of pages in those days.
These days, the lighthouses in the U.S. that still serve as active aids to navigation are automated, and have no need of keepers. Most are open to the public, as they are important pieces of national and nautical history.
Today is a good time to reflect on the countless ships and souls that were guided to safe harbor by the beacon of one of these stalwart structures. You might also investigate your local lighthouse or preservation association, if you happen to live near the ocean or a major inland waterway.
If, like me, you are fond of all things nautical, or lighthouses in particular, you might want to commemorate this special day by finding a great lighthouse jigsaw puzzle to work on the next rainy day.
For lighthouse lovers, here are several more pages that I've written. Each showcases lighthouse themed products, and also gives some brief stories about particular beacons.
- Five Coasters for Lighthouse Lovers - U.S. Lighthouses - Read about the Cape Hatteras and Pigeon Point lights, along with three others.
- Do you know about the tallest lighthouse ever built? See which one it was at Nautical Bath Decor - Lighthouses.
- A classic tale about a real lighthouse that has delighted children for decades is featured in Lighthouses for Little Ones.
- Lighthouse Throw Pillows includes a brief history of the St. Augustine Light.