U.S. Lighthouse Society Chapters and Affiliates are groups that support either specific lighthouse projects or regional endeavors.

Chapters of the U.S. Lighthouse Society are autonomous, multifaceted groups of citizens with a common interest: the preservation of lighthouses and lightships. SoNatiociety Chapters raise public awareness of our country's lighthouses and lightships and, in many areas, provide volunteers to maintain, preserve, or act as docents at lighthouses within the Chapter's region. Chapters are authorized to accept tax-deductible donations under the Society's 501(c)3 non-profit umbrella, which affords grassroots organizations assistance with start up, and whose income is reported as part of the Society's annual tax return. Chapters also enjoy access to a network of educational and preservation resources. Chapter status is achieved through an official application process and a review by the Society's Board of Directors.

An Affiliate of the U.S. Lighthouse Society is an organization that already has received a 501(c)3 non-profit designation from the Internal Revenue Service. Affiliates share the common mission of lighthouse preservation with the U.S. Lighthouse Society, and, although they wish to maintain their independent status, they see value in acknowledging a formal relationship with the Society. Affiliate status is achieved through an official application process and a review by the Society's Board of Directors.

Chapters of the U.S. Lighthouse Society

Affiliates of the U.S. Lighthouse Society



California Lighthouse Society

The California Lighthouse Society is dedicated to preserving and defending California's historic beacons by creating and financially supporting preservation efforts across the state, instituting new lighthouse-related events, and raising public awareness of the past, present, and future of these structures with the aim of unifying the state's lighthouse community.

Contact Information              
California Lighthouse Society               
P.O Box 536               
Palo Alto CA, 94302

Website: calighthousesociety.org

New York

Long Island Chapter

The Long Island Chapter of the United States Lighthouse Society was established to assist in the restoration and preservation of the lighthouses of the Long Island, New York area and make Long Island's lighthouse heritage known to the public. The Chapter is currently involved in many projects and is working to educate, inform, and entertain those who are interested in Long Island's lighthouses, past and present.

Contact Information               
U.S. Lighthouse Society – Long Island Chapter               
Robert G. Müller, President               
PO Box 794               
Bayport, NY 11705               


Oregon / Washington

Point No Point Chapter

The Friends of Point No Point Chapter of the United States Lighthouse Society is a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of the Point No Point Lighthouse in Kitsap County, Washington. We seek to educate the public as to the history and future of this historic landmark, supporting the plans of Kitsap County for development of the lighthouse and surrounding area.

Contact Information               
U.S. Lighthouse Society – Point No Point Chapter               
P.O. Box 223 - Hansville, WA 98340               
Website: www.pnplighthouse.com


Pacific Northwest Lighthouse Group

The Pacific Northwest Lighthouse Group assists the various lighthouses along the Pacific Northwest of the U.S., providing docents, work crews, and raising funds for lighthouse preservation through meetings and other events. Chapter members receive a newsletter.

Contact Information               
Pacific Northwest Lighthouse Group               
PO Box 940               
Fairview, OR  97024-0940



Virginia / Maryland / Delaware

Chesapeake Chapter

The Chesapeake Chapter of the United States Lighthouse Society is our largest chapter. The chapter covers the states of Delaware, Maryland, and Virginia.

Chapter members perform a host of volunteer duties: assist the Coast Guard Historian with office work (filing, etc.) relating to lighthouses and lightships, help restore artifacts at the Coast Guard artifact warehouse in Maryland, and have even restored a Coast Guard-operated minor aid to navigation on the Potomac River. The chapter also conducts short tours, cruises and meetings, often with other lighthouse groups. The Society and chapter continue to work hard to restore and preserve the historic Thomas Point Shoal Lighthouse. The lighthouse, a National Historic Landmark, is the last in situ lighthouse – still in its original location – of some 36 screw-pile lighthouses that dotted Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries in the 19th century. The lighthouse is opened to the public on selected dates each year for docent-led tours. Click Here to view our upcoming tour dates.

Contact Information               
U.S. Lighthouse Society – Chesapeake Chapter               
P.O. Box 178, Joppa, MD 21085-0178                
Website: www.cheslights.org/

Tour Information               
Thomas Point Shoal Lighthouse               
Website: uslhs.org/about/thomas-point-shoal-lighthouse

Affiliates of the United States Lighthouse Society


Alabama Lighthouse Association

The Alabama Lighthouse Association's mission is the historic preservation of lighthouses, to establish support and promote efforts toward the preservation of Alabama Lighthouses through educational programs, newsletters, literature, films, publicity, and tours, and to assist in whatever way possible in the restoration and preservation of lighthouses, lighthouse artifacts, and literature everywhere.

Contact Information       
The Alabama Lighthouse Association             
P.O. Box 250, Mobile, AL 36601;     


Central Coast Lighthouse Keepers

The Central Coast Lighthouse Keepers promotes awareness, knowledge, and understanding of the lighthouses of California's Central Coast and aids their preservation.

Contact Information        
Central Coast Lighthouse Keepers               
P.O. Box 223014, Carmel, CA 93922;          
Website: https://central-coast-lighthouse-keepers.square.site/



Point Fermin Lighthouse Society

The Point Fermin Lighthouse Society's mission is to educate and inform the public about the lighthouse's role in the history of California and its influence on the area of San Pedro and its people emphasizing its function as a navigational beacon, its lighthouse keepers, and its inhabitants through preservation, exhibition, and public programming.

Contact Information               
The Point Fermin Lighthouse Society               
366 South Hamilton Avenue, San Pedro, CA 90732;           
Website: https://www.pflhs.org/

St. George Reef Lighthouse Preservation Society

St. George Reef Lighthouse Preservation Society is a non-profit organization formed in 1988 whose goals were to first acquire and then preserve the St. George Reef lighthouse. The Government Services Administration (GSA), and Del Norte County completed the final transfer of St. George to the Society in 1996. The aim of the Society is to preserve this historic structure for future generations and to tell the story of the role this lighthouse played in the maritime history of the West Coast.

Contact Information               
The St. George Reef Lighthouse Preservation Society               
PO BOX 577, Crescent City, CA 95531;           
Website: www.stgeorgereeflighthouse.us               


Delaware River & Bay Lighthouse Foundation

The Delaware River & Bay Lighthouse Foundation is dedicated to fostering, advocating and participating in the preservation of historic Delaware River and Bay lighthouses and will demonstrate this commitment through the restoration and preservation of Harbor of Refuge Lighthouse. The DRBLHF strives to impact not only the Delaware River and Bay communities, but people of all ages and backgrounds in a manner that attains the highest levels of maritime education and cultural enrichment.

Contact Information       
Delaware River & Bay Lighthouse Foundation               
P.O. Box 708, Lewes, DE 19958;          
Website: www.delawarebaylights.org               


Florida Lighthouse Association

The Florida Lighthouse Association is a non-profit group of citizen activists dedicated to the preservation of the 30 remaining historic lighthouses that line our state's 1200 mile coastline. Our mission is to preserve, restore, protect and defend Florida's lighthouse towers, along with their material culture, buildings, artifacts and records to assure that the magic of Florida's lighthouses and lighthouse keepers will be available for the enjoyment and understanding of future generations.

Contact Information               
Florida Lighthouse Association               
15275 Collier Blvd, #201, PMB 179, Naples, Florida 34119               
Website: www.floridalighthouses.org               


American Lighthouse Foundation

The mission of the American Lighthouse Foundation is to save and preserve our nation's historic light stations and their rich heritage. This will be accomplished through the restoration, promotion and adaptive re-use of America's historic light stations, as well as educational initiatives that foster the sustainable preservation of lighthouses and perpetuate the legacy of the men and women who have tended them.

Contact Information               
American Lighthouse Foundation               
P.O. Box 565, Rockland, Maine 04841;          
Website: www.lighthousefoundation.org               


Friends of Plum Island Light 

Newburyport Harbor / Plum Island Lighthouse

Friends of the Plum Island Light is a nonprofit educational organization established in 1994 to direct and support the preservation, operation, and maintenance of the Newburyport Harbor Light, aka Plum Island Light and to inform the public of the story of the light. 

Contact Information               
Friends of Plum Island Light
PO Box 381
Newburyport, MA 01950

Physical Address: 263 Northern Blvd., Newburyport, MA 01950  
Website: https://www.friendsofplumislandlight.org/


U.S. Lifesaving Service Heritage Association

The purpose of the Living History Association is to educate the general public on the critical and historical role the "U.S. Lifesaving Service" had in protecting mariners along the shores of these United States. The Association will educate primarily through living history programs; programs that will accurately as possible, replicate techniques and equipment used to save mariners and unfortunate victims shipwrecked along our shores.

Contact Information               
US Life-Saving Service Heritage Association               
PO Box 213 Hull, MA 02045;          
Website: www.uslife-savingservice.org               


Great Lakes Light Keepers Association (GLLKA)

GLLKA's mission statement is a calling for the preservation of lighthouses, the stories of those who kept them, and developing a new generation of preservationists. GLLKA also works to support other lighthouse groups throughout the Great Lakes and across the nation.

Contact Information               
Great Lakes Light Keepers Association               
P.O. Box 219, Mackinaw City, MI 49701;          
Website: www.gllka.org               

Michigan Lighthouse Conservancy

Michigan Lighthouse Conservancy's mission is to promote the preservation of Michigan's lighthouses and life saving station structures along with the artifacts associated with them. They accomplish this through education, interpretive displays and artifact preservation.

Contact Information               
Michigan Lighthouse Conservancy               
P.O. Box 219, Mackinaw City, MI 49701;          
Website: www.michiganlights.com               

Sable Points Lighthouse Keepers Association (SPLKA)

SPLKA’s mission is to preserve, promote, and educate the public and make their lighthouses accessible to all. SPLKA is active at Big Sable Point, Ludington North Breakwater, Little Sable Point, and the White River Light Station and provides unique volunteer opportunities for over 400 members nationwide.

Contact Information               
Sable Points Lighthouse Keepers Association               
P.O. Box 673, Ludington, MI 49431;          
Website: www.splka.org          

New Jersey

New Jersey Lighthouse Society

New Jersey Lighthouse Society was formed in 1989 as a state chapter of the United States Lighthouse Society. In 1994, the chapter became the New Jersey Lighthouse Society, one of the largest regional lighthouse societies in the United States. The society counts among its membership more than 1000 people throughout the United States and the world. The Society is dedicated to fostering an appreciation of the history about and to support the preservation of lighthouses everywhere. The main focus of the NJLHS in these efforts is in the New Jersey, Delaware Bay, and New York Harbor regions.

Contact Information               
New Jersey Lighthouse Society NJLHS               
PO Box 332, Navesink, NJ 07752-0332;               
Website: www.njlhs.org               

New York

American Lighthouse Council

The American Lighthouse Council, formerly the American Lighthouse Coordinating Committee, is the leadership council and forum of the national lighthouse preservation movement. It focuses specifically on lighthouse practitioners, those who work as volunteers or professionals in preservation, restoration and the history of lighthouses, and its website features a practitioners' blog and expert contacts.

Contact Information               
The American Lighthouse Council               
c/o Mike Vogel bufkeeper@gmail.com               
Website: www.uslhs.org/alc               

National Lighthouse Museum

Located on the former site of the United States Lighthouse Service’s General Depot in St. George, Staten Island, the National Lighthouse Museum educates visitors about the history and technology of the nation’s lighthouses. The Museum occupies the 2,400 square foot 1912 USLHS foundry building. Visitors are welcome to enjoy self-guided tours of the Museum exhibits including: Beacons Through Time, Supplying the Nation’s Light Stations: The General Depot, Optics: Projecting the Light, Life at the Light: Lighthouse Keepers, and much more!

Contact Information   
National Lighthouse Museum  
200 The Promenade at Lighthouse Point                
Staten Island, NY 10301-0296               
Tel: 718-390-0040               
Fax: 718-390-0041               
Website: lighthousemuseum.org  
Email: info@lighthousemuseum.org


North Carolina

Outer Banks Lighthouse Society

The Outer Banks Lighthouse Society actively supports all North Carolina lighthouses. Well-known in the lighthouse community, it is often called upon to help in various ways such as serving as a consultant for educational programs including PBS, The History Channel, The Discovery Channel, and other media. The society receives dozens of monthly requests for information concerning North Carolina Lighthouses. All projects are carried out due to the dedication of its volunteers. Its long list of accomplishments continues to grow.

Contact Information               
Outer Banks Lighthouse Society               
PO Box 1005, Morehead City, NC 28557;          
Website: www.outerbankslighthousesociety.org               


Friends of Yaquina Lighthouses

Friends of Yaquina Lighthouses is a non-profit organization that aids in the preservation and restoration of Yaquina Bay and Yaquina Head Lighthouses. 

Contact Information               
Newport OR               
Website:  www.yaquinalights.org




New Dungeness Lighthouse Association


The New Dungeness Light Station Association is working to preserve the 1865 New Dungeness Lighthouse, located at the tip of the five-mile-long New Dungeness Peninsula in the state of Washington. Lighthouse Keeper Program participants reside in the dwelling for a period of one week. While at the station they conduct public tours of the lighthouse and do various maintenance chores. The station is located in a spectacular setting, backed by several majestic mountain ranges. Located in the Strait of Juan de Fuca, one might see seals, various sea birds, an occasional whale and bald eagle. To qualify to stay at the lighthouse, one must be a member of the New Dungeness Chapter.

Contact Information               
New Dungeness Light Station Association               
P.O. Box 1283, Sequim, WA 98382;          
Website:  www.newdungenesslighthouse.com               


Nova Scotia Lighthouse Preservation Society

The Nova Scotia Lighthouse Preservation Society (NSLPS) was founded in 1994 by lighthouse enthusiasts while on a visit to Sambro Island who were so concerned about the condition of the lighthouse and the keeper's houses, that they set up the non-profit society to benefit all the 150 lighthouses in Nova Scotia.

Contact Information          
Nova Scotia Lighthouse Preservation Society               
C/O Maritime Museum of the Atlantic               
1675 Lower Water Street Halifax NS, Canada B3J 1S3               
Website: www.nslps.com               

Sheringham Point Lighthouse Preservation Society (British Columbia)

The Sheringham Point Lighthouse Preservation Society is dedicated to preserving and protecting the Sheringham Point Lighthouse. The Society's mission is to is document and recognize the historic importance of the lighthouse and to ensure that the lighthouse and its historic route remain accessible and in public hands.               
We are very proud to make available this link to a legislation document, Bill S-215, which was written to protect Canadian Lighthouses. Click here to read about their plan.

Contact Information               
Sheringham Point Lighthouse Preservation Society               
Website: www.sheringhamlighthouse.org               
Email: info@sheringhamlighthouse.org