In mid May, restoration of the lighthouse began with removal of the rusted handrail at the beacon platform. A new railing is now in fabrication.
Here, a specialized crew removes lead paint left from the last paint job by the Coast Guard in 2000. As projected, the original wood shingles from the late 1880s remain in great shape!
At the bottom of the left side of the lighthouse, you can just make out the excavation of sand which had covered shingles there for many years. In later June, the lighthouse will be raised four feet on a new wharf crib, so that drifting sand will no longer be a risk to the shingle wall.
And of course, work is proceeding with the protection of the beautiful environmental dunes. All materials are being hand carried up the access path from the parking lot.
Stay tuned for regular updates!
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