Lighthouses of the National Park Service

There are few images as romantic or evocative as that of a lighthouse standing on a remote shore, lighting the way for mariners making their way through treacherous shoals. From the Pharos (Lighthouse) of Alexandria, Egypt, built more than 2000 years ago, right through to the modern, automated light towers of today, the lighthouse holds a unique place in maritime and world history. The National Park Service is steward to nearly 50 lighthouses and light stations in the United States. In the map below, you can find out details about each one, including how to visit. Select one of the essays for introductory information about various lighthouse topics.
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Explore NPS Lighthouses

This StoryMap highlights lighthouses in the National Parks

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Fresnel Lens

Learn about the history and preservation of Fresnel lenses in NPS lighthouses

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Lighthouse Keepers

Learn about the diverse, complex history of those who manned these beautiful lighthouses

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Lighthouse Preservation

Learn more about the various programs the NPS administers to help with the care and preservation of our nation's lighthouses

Last updated: September 30, 2019