Celebrate National Lighthouse Day around the USA
Susan B. Barnes, Special for USA TODAY Published 7:46 a.m. ET Aug. 7, 2017
Our country’s history of helping sailors navigate North American waters dates all the way back to 1673, when, according to the United States Lighthouse Society, a beacon was hoisted in Nantasket (now Hull), Massachusetts, fueled by “fier-bales of pitch and ocum” in an iron basket at its base.
Fast forward nearly half-a-century to when the first lighthouse was built on Boston’s Little Brewster Island in 1716. But the