On the Lookout for Lighthouses

It shouldn’t be a surprise that I’m always on the lookout for lighthouses. After all, I lived in Lighthouse Point throughout my teenage years and could see the lighthouse at Hillsboro Inlet as I drove down the road to my house.

In fact, the Hillsboro Inlet Lighthouse adorned the cover of my Pompano Beach High School yearbook my junior year. A lighthouse, the sunrise, the ocean, all things I still love. You can schedule a tour of the Hillsboro Lighthouse this Saturday, August 9th or again on October 11th when they celebrate Barefoot Mailman Day.

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Since tomorrow is National Lighthouse Day, I decided to look for some of the pictures of lighthouses we’ve taken over the years.

A few from North Carolina:

Florida’s oldest lighthouse Amelia Island Lighthouse in Fernandina Beach, built in 1938, is older than the state of Florida, and while I’ve seen it from the road, it’s not accessible to the public on a regular basis so I haven’t been able to get close enough for a picture. Tours are only available on the first and third Wednesdays of the month so I’ll have to work to get there.

Click here for a tour of Florida’s tallest lighthouse, located at Ponce de Leon Inlet. This was the site of my sister Carol’s wedding to her husband Dan.

Florida lighthouses in Jupiter, Jacksonville, and Boca Grande:

One of my favorites, Pemaquid Point Lighthouse, in Maine:

pemaquid2More great lighthouses at Sanibel Island, Fort Jefferson in the Dry Tortugas, and another look at Pimaquaid:

This map of the lighthouses of Florida is from the Florida Lighthouse Association, an organization working to protect, preserve, and restore the state’s lighthouses. Wonder how many of these we can visit in 2015?