Visiting a historic lighthouse can add a special experience to any trip. Each lighthouse has it’s own unique build and color scheme although many appear similar at first glance. Lighthouses are unique fusions of a building and a lighting structure, and are often recognized as landmarks symbolizing the areas in which they stand.
The important role lighthouses used to play in helping ships navigate treacherous waters makes them a significant part of U.S. nautical history. The United States has hundreds of lighthouses you can explore, many of which are maintained by the U.S. Coast Guard. Michigan alone has over 100 lighthouses—150 including those no longer standing. Check out this cool map that lets you see where Michigan lighthouses are located.
Standing at 207 feet, Cape Hatteras Lighthouse in North Carolina is the tallest lighthouse in the U.S. The helical black and white striped tower topping the red and gray stone base contains a light that flashes white every 7.5 seconds, and is visible for 28 miles. In 1999, concerns about shoreline erosion led to an effort to move the lighthouse. All 5,000 tons of Cape Hatteras Lighthouse were moved inch by inch from it’s spot only 15 feet from the shoreline to a new place 1,500 feet inland so it can stand and shine for many years to come.
Other well-known lighthouses in the U.S. include Assateague Lighthouse in Virginia, White Shoal Lighthouse in Michigan, Bodie Island Lighthouse in North Carolina, Montauk Point Lighthouse in New York, and Barnegat Lighthouse in New Jersey.
Remember Your Lighthouse
Once you’ve visited a prominent lighthouse, you’ll probably always be able to recognize it in pictures. And unless you live close by, visiting a favorite lighthouse will only be possible several times. If you’ve discovered a favorite lighthouse or live next to one that you’re proud to have as your local landmark, a great way to celebrate that is to find a piece of memorabilia to keep at home with you.
Have you ever thought about how cool a lighthouse out by the end of your lane would look, especially if it had a light that was visible at night? Just as lighthouses fuse a building and light structure, a lighthouse mailbox fuses the function of a mailbox with the structure of a replica lighthouse. See for yourself what what that unique combination looks like here. Look for your favorite lighthouse, or if you don’t find it here, send us a message, and we just might be able to make one that features your favorite lighthouse.