The United States Lighthouse Society is a nonprofit historical and educational organization dedicated to saving and sharing the rich maritime legacy of American lighthouses and supporting lighthouse preservation throughout the nation.
Featured Lighthouse Tour
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The USLHS Preservation Grants Program directs our 2020 grants to 24 lighthouses struggling, due to Covid19.
Check out the Society's new lighthouse vacation rental at the Point Wilson Lighthouse in Port Townsend, WA.
Watch our recorded presentation of our New Zealand, Alaska and Outer Hebrides, Scotland lighthouse tours.
In 1850, a 53-foot brick lighthouse was built on a high bluff on the southeastern shore of Nantucket Island, Massachusetts. With its second-order lens, fisherman knew the light at Sankaty Head as the "blazing star." The tower was moved back from the edge of the rapidly eroding bluff in 2007. Sankaty Head Lighthouse is now owned by the Sconset Trust and its modern day keeper is Rob Benchley, an an accomplished photojournalist and author.
Learn more about the history and development of Lighthouses in America and around the world.
Passport Program & Club
The United States Lighthouse Society Passport Program is designed to generate donations for participating lighthouses in addition to being a fun and educational way to learn about lighthouses and chronicle your lighthouse adventures. Collect unique stamps from over 600 locations throughout the country. In addition, when you join our free Passport Club you will receive a special gift and periodic updates on new stamp locations and stamp hunting tips.