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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

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

South Foreland Lighthouse is located on the famous White Cliffs of Dover in southeastern England, overlooking the English Channel with a view to France on clear days. The dangers posed to shipping by the offshore obstacle known as Goodwin Sands led to the establishment of two lighthouses at South Foreland in 1635. The lighthouse that stands at South Foreland today was built in 1842. In the 1850s, Michael Faraday, acting as a scientific advisor to Trinity House, was exploring the feasibility of electric light being used in lighthouses. A trial was conducted at South Foreland in 1858, making it the first lighthouse to use electric light. The light was automated in 1969, and it was discontinued in 1988. A short time later, ownership was transferred to the National Trust. Charles Franklyn lives in Deal, Kent, not far from South Foreland, and he’s been a volunteer tour guide at the lighthouse for 18 years.

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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Lighthouse History

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

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