Tuesday, August 7, 2018

National Lighthouse Day

We are celebrating National Lighthouse day today!
 This is Brant Point Lighthouse on Nantucket.     Here is a wee bit of history for you~

"The ever-shifting battalion of sandbars, or shoals, lurking beneath the waters that surround Nantucket have caused between 700 and 800 shipwrecks in recorded history. All three of Nantucket's lighthouses were originally built as navigational tools, but today, modern technology has rendered the island's most iconic lighthouse useful only for our viewing pleasure.
For those who arrive on Nantucket via ferry, the lighthouse on Brant Point (officially named Brant Point Light) is the little wooden welcome that ushers folks to the island. First erected in 1746, the Brant Point Light is America's second oldest lighthouse. (Some rumors claim a bonfire existed there as early as 1700.) The Brant Point Light is only 26 feet tall, making it the shortest lighthouse in all of New England! Small but mighty, its red light flashes every four seconds, and is visible ten miles out.
In 1987, Brant Point Light became a part of The National Register of Historic Places, placing itself in good company with Frank Lloyd Wright's Robie House, Martin Luther King Jr.'s grave, the Wright Flyer III (the third plane of the Wright brothers), and thousands of other sites of significance. But life hasn't always been rosy for this brave little beacon; the current structure is actually the 10th one that has sat at the location. As one might imagine, some were torn down by ferocious Nor'easters. Others were simply built cheaply. Two of them actually burned down; and still others rotted and were condemned. The existing structure has lasted for over 110 years and is emblematic above all; visitors toss a penny into the sea as they round the point leaving the harbor to ensure that they return someday to the Grey Lady's welcoming arms."

 I have never been to Nantucket.  That is Mackie's dad standing there with angels Maggie and Mitch.  
Maybe one day I can go to Nantucket too and see the Brant Point lighthouse!  You never know what life has in store for you!

Love ya lots♥


easyweimaraner said...

oh that was interesting Molly! what a great idea to have this bloghop so we can learn a lot about the place of our friends!!!

My Mind's Eye said...

Ohhhh Molly Mom has never been to Nantucket either and would like to go.
So nice to see Angels Maggie and Mitch and there at they end are you looking like a super model
Thanks for pawticipating in the fun event. We are enjoying all the lighthouses in Blogville.
Hugs madi and mom

The Army of Four said...

That's so beautiful! Our peeps have never been to Nantucket (nor have we), but one of mom's long-time friends (since Kindergarten!) lives there. She hopes to go visit her one day.

Julie said...

Oh I do hopes you get to see that Lighthouse in the furs Molly, it certainly looks a VERY interesting place to visit, we only know of Nantucket from Mum's cross stitch kits!
Loves and licky kisses
Princess Leah xxx

Sue said...

We've never seen a lighthouse but Mom has and she loves them. We think since we're water dogs , we should visit some lighthouses.

Wyatt Airedale said...

Thanks for sharing the history of the Nantucket lighthouse. We would like to visit there too!!

C.L.W.STEP said...

We hope you get to visit there sometime, Molly! Looks like a beautiful place!

The Gang at LLB said...

What a beautimous lighthouse! Mama has been to MArtha's Vineyard, but never Nantucket...maybe she'll take us there one day!

Rosy, Jakey & Arty

Bella Roxy & Macdui said...

That's a great little beacon...for safety and to visit. We hope you can make the trip there, too.

Bouncing Bertie said...

What a cute wee lighthouse. Molly you absolutely must insist on being taken there one day.
Toodle pip!

World of Animals, Inc. said...

Molly, we love this post so much. We are really happy to learn so much about the Nantucket lighthouse. We can't believe had long it has been there. We hope you get to one day visit there. Thanks for the share. Have a wonderful day.
World of Animals

M. K. Clinton said...

Wow! What a perfect lighthouse and a great story to go along with it.

Idaho PugRanch said...

We are finding out that most lighthouses are very old!
Hazel & Mabel

KB said...

That's a beautiful old lighthouse! Somehow, it struck me as ironic that a couple of the previous lighthouses burned down, right next to an ocean of water!

I went to Nantucket a long time ago but I don't remember the lighthouse. If I go back, I'll pay attention!

Ruby's Rescued Life said...

I have always loved lighthouses, too. Ruby saw her first one when we visited MA earlier in the summer.

Millie and Walter said...

What a cute lighthouse. We hope you get to visit it some day too.