Beacons of Fire: Sheffield Island Lighthouse

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 Sheffield Island Lighthouse in Norwalk, Connecticut.

Sheffield Island Lighthouse is located on the Sheffield Island, one of the Norwalk Islands in Norwalk, CT. Built in 1828, the island was also called as White Island before it was purchased by Captain Robert Sheffield in 1804.

Norwalk is a cute little town that has this one street with locally owned businesses and restaurants. At the end of the street we get to the Sheffield Island where you get to take the ferry to the island.

No one actually lives in that island now, except the periodic maintenance done by the Norwalk Seaport Association. So practically they. carry in and carry out the supplies daily during the months the ferry runs to the island.

We walked around the island to get a load of the animals and plants that reside on the island. These crabs (I think!) were all over the island. Our tour guide also picked one living she;; in her hand.

We were surprised to see the island coastal line covered with shells. The tour guide mentioned that some were washed on to the shore, and some was manually put in by humans. Interesting.

We were allowed to go up the tower, but we managed to go only half way as the stairs were very narrow. But we got to see the keeper’s quarters.

This board welcomes you on the island, and I am sure the statement is true. May be I will take another tour this year to experience what this board says.

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