I’m at the table with a little nautical fun in celebration of National Lighthouse Day!
National Lighthouse Day is observed on August 7th, honoring the beacon of light that for hundreds of years symbolized safety and security for ships and boats at sea across America’s shorelines.
On August 7, 1789, the United States Congress approved an act for the “establishment and support of Lighthouse, Beacons, Buoys, and Public Piers.” In celebration of the 200th anniversary of the signing of the Act and the commissioning of the first Federal lighthouse, Congress passed a resolution which designated August 7, 1989 as National Lighthouse Day.
It seemed fitting to pull out the Red, White and Blue for a little celebratory nautical fun!
Lady Luck smiled down on me when I sailed into Habitat ReStore last fall and found 4 place settings of ‘By the Sea’ by Thomson Pottery after returning home from our Coastal Maine Getaway.
One of the four salad plates had a light house that reminded me of the iconic Portland Head Light, in Cape Elizabeth, Maine.
Portland Head Light was first lit on Jan. 10, 1791. Commissioned by George Washington and dedicated by the Marquis de Lafayette. It is Maine’s oldest lighthouse and one of the most visited, painted, and photographed lighthouses in New England.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow was a frequent visitor at Portland Head Light, and friends of the Keepers. It is thought Longfellow’s poem “The Lighthouse” was inspired by his many hours at Portland Head Light.
I weighed anchor and set sail at a table with a Tommy Hilfiger navy anchor tablecloth, straw placemats with alternating red and blue stripes, and nautical flatware.
Towle Everyday Living flatware features a nautical rope border and a sailboat design.
Pemaquid Point Lighthouse was commissioned in 1827 by President John Quincy Adams and is the lighthouse depicted on the Maine quarter, making it the first lighthouse to be featured on a piece of US currency.
The stunning views from Pemaquid Point Light will take your breath away!
Anchor glasses with a rope detail from HomeGoods are first mate to blue goblets from Dollar Tree.
A galvanized rope handled lantern filled with shells and a pillar candle provides a centerpiece for a table.
Rockland Harbor Breakwater Light
Walk across the almost mile long granite breakwater that took almost two decades to build, to reach the lighthouse.
Tip: Go at low tide so you’re less likely to get wet walking the granite pier.
The Cape Lookout Lighthouse is a 163-foot high lighthouse on the Southern Outer Banks of North Carolina. It is painted with directional diamonds~ white diamonds facing east & west, and black diamonds for north & south. It’s one of the few lighthouses that operates during the day with its rotating 1,000-watt beacon flashing every 15 seconds 24 hours a day.
The Cape Hatteras Light is on Hatteras Island in the Outer Banks in the town of Buxton, North Carolina and is part of the Cape Hatteras National Seashore.
Cape Hatteras Light Station was moved in 1999 due to the threat of shoreline erosion.
The lighthouse was moved 2,900 feet in 23 days and now lies 1,500 feet from the seashore, its original distance from the sea.
Dishes / Thomson Pottery By the Sea
Anchor glasses / HomeGoods, several years ago
Blue Wine Glasses / Dollar Tree
Anchor Tablecloth / Tommy Hilfiger, HomeGoods
Star Enamel Napkin Rings / Pottery Barn, last year
Napkins / World Market, several years ago
Galvanized Rope Handle Lantern / Target, several years ago
Placemats / HomeGoods
Towle Living Everyday Nautical Flatware
Since its commission by George Washington in 1790,
Portland Head Light remains an enduring symbol of
the rugged, solid characteristics of a magnificent
coastline and proud people weathering the
challenges of nature and time.
In observance of Greater Portland’s 350th
anniversary, we rededicate this unique landmark
to the aspirations and achievements of those who
came before us and to present and future generations
who will continue its proud heritage.
Vice President of the United States
Happy National Lighthouse Day!
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