Discover the past and present of three iconic sentinels bordering the line between the Maine and New Hampshire coasts. Portsmouth Harbor Light Station in New Castle (1771) was the very first light station established north of Boston in the American colonies. Its history is full of fascinating stories of the keepers and families who lived there, and even includes a ghost story. The first lighthouse at Whaleback Ledge (1830), at the mouth of the Piscataqua River in Kittery, is considered the first successful lighthouse on an exposed, wave-swept ledge in the U.S. There are many dramatic and sometimes humorous stories of life there, and one of the last Coast Guard keepers still lives in the area. White Island Light, at the southernmost of the Isles of Shoals, has a history that reaches back to 1820 and is best known as the childhood home of the renowned poet and author Celia Thaxter. D’Entremont also discusses the present-day preservation of these three historic sites.
Jeremy D’Entremont has been photographing, researching, and writing about lighthouses for more than three decades. He is the author of more than 20 books on lighthouses and other maritime subjects, including The Lighthouse Handbook: New England, All About Nubble Light, and a four-volume set on the lighthouses of Maine. He is the founder and chairman of Friends of Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouses, and president and historian of the American Lighthouse Foundation. He has lectured and narrated cruises all over New England and has appeared on national TV and radio speaking about his favorite subject. He also produces a podcast, Light Hearted, for the U.S. Lighthouse Society.
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Optional soup supper to go:
$10 per person. Enjoy a bowl of homemade Creamy Chicken and Wild Rice Soup, accompanied by bread from When Pigs Fly. Local pick-up only.
Contactless pick up between 3 and 5pm on February 24 at the Old York Museum Center, 3 Lindsay Road. Your meal will be packaged, labeled with your name, and available for pick up outside at the side door (by the bluestone patio). You will need to heat your meal at home.