Mid-Atlantic Lighthouses is a fascinating guide to the most significant lighthouses from the Hudson River to the Chesapeake Bay, including the nation's oldest continually operating navigational aide, Sandy Hook Light. Through stirring historic accounts and stunning color photographs, the stories of sixty lighthouses and their stalwart keepers come to life in vivid detail. From Montauk Point to Assateague Island, each light has its own engrossing tale of survival against the elements.
Discover the rich history behind these majestic sentinels, and learn more about visiting them. Inside you'll find practical information, including:
- regional maps showing the location of each light
- directions to the lights
- details on access, visiting hours, and boat tours
- advice on the best vantage points for viewing and picture taking
"Mid-Atlantic Lighthouses takes readers on more than just a regional tour; it traces the beginnings of our country and the role lighthouses played in that drama. This book features approximately fifty lighthouses and four lightships from the Hudson River to Chesapeake Bay.
>Built in 1797 under direct orders from Washington, Long Island's Montauk Point Light provided countless immigrants with their first sight of America and has become a lasting symbol of freedom.
>New Jersey's Sandy Hook Light, completed in 1764, shepherded its share of newcomers to our shores and, its light still burning bright, is the nation's oldest continually operating navigational aid.
>The Thomas Point Light, its hexagon shape not far from Annapolis, Maryland, is well into its second century of protecting freighters from the treacherous shoals menacing Chesapeake Bay.
>Placed in service in 1792 after its construction was delayed by the Revolutionary War, Virginia's Cape Henry Light continues to stand as a symbol of our nation's resolute forefathers.
Bruce Roberts's photographs have appeared in numerous magazines, including Life and Sports Illustrated, and in hundreds of books, many of them about lighthouses. He was director of photography at Southern Living magazine for many years. His work is also on display in the permanent collection at the Smithsonian Institution. He lives in Morehead City, North Carolina. Ray Jones
is the author or coauthor of fourteen best-selling books about lighthouses. He has served as an editor at Time-Life Books, as founding editor of Albuquerque Living magazine, as writing coach at Southern Living magazine