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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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Featured Lighthouse Tour

2022 Maine 2 Tour - Full, Waiting List Only

Oct 08, 2022 to Oct 14, 2022

Thomas Point Shoal

Lighthouse Tours/Cruises

2022 Schedule is here!


Lighthouse Lodging

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Have you ever wanted to stay at a lighthouse?  This is the most comprehensive list of locations across the U.S. that offer a variety of experiences. 

Lighthouse Preservation Grants Program

What's New

Thomas Point Shoal Lighthouse Fundraiser

We are just a few weeks away from the big online auction to benefit Thomas Point Shoal Lighthouse to undertake preservation projects for this treasured National Historic Landmark.

Amazon Smile

Great News! Amazon will make a donation to the U.S. Lighthouse Society when you shop with them!

Visit this section of our site specifically designed for kids. With activities and stories, it makes learning about lighthouses fun!

Read a variety of articles that have been digitized from The Keeper's Log magazine and are now available online!

Society members can now save money on select lighthouse cruises throughout the U.S.

Lighthouse Podcast

Port Washington, Wisconsin, is located on Lake Michigan's western shore, just a few miles north of Milwaukee. Port Washington’s first lighthouse was established in 1849. It was rebuilt in 1860 as a short square tower on the southern gable of a two-story dwelling. The light was deactivated in 1903, and the lighthouse tower was eventually removed from the top of the structure. A new tower was installed in 2002, and the building now contains a museum of lighthouse keeping life, managed by the Port Washington Historical Society.. Dawn St. George is the executive director of the Society. Patrick Curtiss is a board member; he’s also the lighthouse manager and he’s the author of a new book, "The Light on the House at the Top of the Stairs." And Andrea Cole is a board member as well as the volunteer coordinator for the light station. 

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 Passport Club you will receive a special gift and periodic updates on new stamp locations and stamp hunting tips.

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Lighthouse History

Learn more about the history and development of Lighthouses in America and around the world.

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