Beacons of Fire: Edgartown Lighthouse (Martha’s Vineyard #1)

For all the posts in the Beacons of Fire Series, go here.

Prologue: I love Nora Roberts books, well her books mostly those that she wrote prior to 2009. One of her book is the 1985 romantic novel, One Man’s Art, fourth in her longest series, The McGregor Series. The hero of the story, Grant Campbell, is a loner, rude, surly and impossible, who lives in an old lighthouse. Genevieve Grandeau literally lands on his doorstep during one particular stormy night. The story that follows between Grant and Gennie is what inspired me to look at lighthouses in a different light.

Inspired by this book by Nora Roberts, here I present you my Beacons of Fire Series. First up is the Edgartown Lighthouse, the first of the five lighthouses from Martha’s Vineyard Island in Massachussets.

For the July long weekend this year, I visited Martha’s Vineyard Island in the state of Massachussets. Being in Connecticut for at least 12 years, I have never been to this island, so was happy that we made it there. Also the Hallmark Movies and Mysteries have a series of movies set in Martha’s Vineyard Island. So I was super excited to visit some of the places the film was shot at.

Unfortunately I came to know after reaching the island that not a single shot of that movie series was filmed here, but instead in some islands in Canada. Oh well, at least I got to see places where the 1975 American thriller film Jaws was filmed. Anyways, back to my post on Edgartown Lighthouse.

On the second day of our trip, we took a bus to Edgartown, a popular tourist spot in Dukes County on the island. It was in walking distance from where we had our dinner. While my friend lounged on one of the benches in the shopping area of the town and enjoyed the passing folks, I walked the half mile distance to the lighthouse.

I reached just in time before the fog rolled and covered it. But it was a beautiful sight. Originally built on a small man-made island in 1828, it has since been connected to the main island by a sand walkway. I didn’t get to go on the walkway and near the lighthouse, but you can see it in this picture.

The walk from the street to the shore is through this trail that is covered with thick bushes and plants on either side. You can see the lighthouse far ahead as a small blip…look at the center of the top of the picture.

I also got to catch this male Red-winged Blackbird in flight.

The following day we ended up taking a tour of the island. That gave me an opportunity to see the lighthouse in full light. Oh I so missed climbing up the lighthouse…may be next time. 🙂

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