Beacons of Fire: East Chop Lighthouse (Martha’s Vineyard #3)

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. Next is the East Chop Lighthouse, the third of the five lighthouses from Martha’s Vineyard Island in Massachussets. I did not get to see the remaining two, so this will be the last from Martha’s Vineyard Island.

On the third day of our stay at Martha’s Vineyard Island during the July long weekend, we took a tour of the island. One of the stops was at the East Chop Lighthouse on Oak Bluffs town on the island overlooking the Nantucket Sound.

Built in 1869, the East Chop Lighthouse replaced a telegraph signal tower at the same location. The Telegraph Tower was set up in 1828 to receive signals from Nantucket and then sent onto the mainland of Massachusetts. The original 1869 lighthouse burned down in 1871 and the cast iron version that we see today was erected in 1878.

Note the sign by the lighthouse. It says Telegraph Hill – the hill where East Chop Lighthouse resides on is aptly named for it’s predecessor, The Telegraph Tower.

We also noticed that there was a sign for Soil Remediation Project in front of the lighthouse. Basically they will be removing soil impacted with lead due to the centuries of usage of lead-based paint. The excavated area will be back-filled with clean soil to match the island’s conditions.

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