Happy National Lighthouse Day! I’m sharing some lighthouse love along this table from the archives for a little nautical fun in celebration!
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!
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.
One of the four salad plates has a lighthouse reminiscent of the iconic Portland Head Light, in Cape Elizabeth, Maine that we visited on our Coastal Maine Getaway.
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.
Towle Everyday Living flatware features a nautical rope border and 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’s 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.
In celebration of National Lighthouse Day, I’m giving away a Thomson Pottery ‘By the Sea’ 16-piece dinnerware set to one winner.
Produced from 2005- 2007, the set includes 4 dinner plates, 4 assorted salad plates, 4 bowls and 4 mugs.
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