Society Wages Campaign for Lighthouses
Ethan Kelley
Lighthouses define the character of Martha’s Vineyard. They guide people from land and sea to the same shorelines, sheltering them under beacons of home.
 
Today, the Island’s lighthouses are deteriorating. Bricks are crumbling in the breeze, and iron is flaking away in the salt air. Before long, these landmarks could be reduced to brittle, rotting shells.
 
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Edgartown Light Celebrates 75 Years
Sara Brown

Seventy-five years ago today, the Gazette reported that the new Edgartown Lighthouse was lit for the first time. The cast iron tower dates to 1875 and was floated to Edgartown by barge from Ipswich in 1939 to replace the original wooden lighthouse that had fallen into disrepair.

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Edgartown Takes Ownership of Its Lighthouse
Sara Brown
The town is the new owner of the old lighthouse, which has been perched a quarter mile out on the outer Edgartown harbor since 1939. The U.S. General Services Administration announced the transfer in ownership last week.
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Lighthouse Legacy is Safe as Edgartown Protects Its Past
Sara Brown

The Edgartown lighthouse, having outlived its mission as a beacon for ships, is on the verge of its next chapter as a town-owned landmark.

Edgartown selectmen signed off Monday on the town’s application to take stewardship of the 1875 lighthouse perched a quarter-mile out in Edgartown harbor.

In May, the town learned that the U.S. General Services Administration, the current owners of the lighthouse, would look for a new owner for the lighthouse, which was deemed no longer critical to the U.S. Coast Guard.

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Edgartown Takes First Step to Purchase Lighthouse
Sara Brown

The Edgartown lighthouse could have ended up in Arkansas. But the 1875 lighthouse will likely stay at its perch a quarter-mile out in Edgartown harbor, as the Edgartown selectmen signed off Monday on the town’s application to take stewardship of the icon.

In May, the town learned that the U.S. General Services Administration, the current owners of the lighthouse, would look for a new owner for the lighthouse, which was deemed no longer critical to the U.S. Coast Guard.

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Remembering Children at Light, As Beacon Opens for Memorial
Mark Alan Lovewell

It rained in Vineyard Haven and in Oak Bluffs on Saturday. But in Edgartown the skies held out for a 1 p.m. service at the Edgartown Lighthouse. More than 60 people came together at the foot of the beacon, under dark and threatening skies for the Children’s Memorial, a remembrance. They came to hear stories, music and commemorate a lost child in their lives.

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Edgartown Lighthouse Will Be Auctioned; Town Looks to Secure Beacon
Sara Brown

The Edgartown Lighthouse, the prominent beacon overlooking the outer Edgartown harbor that has long been a symbol of the town, is going to be put up to bid by the federal government, with the town and the Martha’s Vineyard Museum expressing interest in taking stewardship of the landmark.

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