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.
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Thomas Point Shoal
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Stingray Point Lighthouse in Virginia, built in 1858, marked a dangerous shoal at the mouth of the Rappahannock River. In 1861, six enslaved men used the lighthouse – which was abandoned during the Civil War -- as a safe house while waiting to catch a Union ship that would allow them to escape slavery. Bessida Cauthorne White is a retired attorney and the co-founder and president of the Middle Peninsula African American Genealogical and Historical Society. This past July the Society dedicated an historical marker commemorating the 1861 incident involving Stingray Point.
Donald S. Murray was born and raised in Ness in the Isle of Lewis in Scotland. He’s written 14 books and published countless essays, columns, short stories, and poems in a variety of publications. His writing, both of fiction and non-fiction, has received widespread critical acclaim and numerous literary awards. In his new book, "For the Safety of All," Donald explores Scotland's lighthouses through history, storytelling, and the voices of the lightkeepers.
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.
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