The mission statement of the Cape Canaveral Lighthouse Foundation is “To Assist the 45th Space Wing in preserving, protecting, and interpreting the Cape Canaveral Lighthouse and its historical significance to the Florida Space Coast, State of Florida, and our Nation.” The US Air Force owns and maintains Cape Canaveral Light, but the Foundation exists to be of assistance in its restoration and to share its remarkable history.
In many ways Cape Canaveral and the Lighthouse is a bridge between the age of exploration and exploration yet to come; a bridge between the sea and the stars!
On October 13th, 2012 I attended a gathering at the Canaveral Lighthouse with my father to celebrate the progress having been made on the restoration of this special and significant beacon. Although, we had visited the light by special permission a couple of years ago in order to photograph, I did not then have the opportunity to see the interior of the tower. Saturday, October 13th, could not have been a more perfect day to gather, discuss goals, walk the newly built Keeper’s Brick Paver Walkway, and climb!! I have to say right here that I was amazed that my 88 year old father was able to navigate the stairs better than I did! The metal lighthouse is lined with brick and the winding stairs curl upwards around a center pole with no hand railing along the brick walls. Of course, it was probably because I was lugging my heavy camera!! Probably!!
Plans for the near future include reconstructing the three keeper’s cottages and two support buildings to restore the grounds as they once looked. The three cottages will be built in the same style in exactly the same sites in order to recreate the historic reality that once was. One cottage will be an education center telling the story of the lighthouse , of the keepers who lived and worked there, and of the rich early history of the cape. The second dwelling will house a conference center and the third replica will have a gift shop and archeological display. One fun way the Foundation is using to raise funds is through the purchase of a brick which would grace the new walkway. It could have your name or that of a loved one inscribed on it.
Here are some images from our beautiful day at the Cape Canaveral Light! The 45th Space Wing Public Affairs Office conducts public bus tours of features of the cape including a visit to the lighthouse, twice a week on Wednesday and Thursday mornings. These tours are free so when visiting the Space Coast come experience the Cape!
The tower is composed of metal plates with a brick lining. The first three levels were designed as living quarters, with living room, kitchen and bedrooms. However, during the summer months it was like living in an oven. Ultimately, exterior dwellings were constructed for the Keepers. This image shows a dining room setting.
The brick my father purchased to support the restoration of the lighthouse. It is located in the circular area at the base of the tower. A fun and memorable way to support lighthouse restoration goals.
For more information on tours, gatherings, and ways to help, click: Canaveral Light
~ by Judy on November 3, 2012; reprinted here with permission from the author.