These families ran personal marathons to keep the flame. For over
five years Bruce and I traveled America seeking out surviving children and
other family members of lighthouse keepers of the old U.S. Lighthouse Service.
Through personal interviews and follow-up phone calls, letters, and other
correspondence over the years, we pulled together what we feel are some of
the best stories and pictures remaining of the rare remnants of this era.
You'll laugh and cry over stories like those of the Owens at Pigeon Point
who witnessed an American WWII battle with enemy destroyers, and Annie of
Passage Island who left a buried treasure when her keeper-father was transferred,
and John's story about painting the Bodie Island Lighthouse, and Rany's painting
the red brick! at the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse just before the lighthouse
inspector's visit. See what each family fixed for dinner and test one of
the families' favorite recipes. We have had wonderful comments from readers
who appreciate the soulful stories within the covers of this book. Along
with the priceless family pictures from the 1920s and 30s are beautiful color
photographs of Bruce Roberts, retired director of photography at Southern
Lighthouses : A Comprehensive Guide by Bruce Roberts, Ray
American Lighthouses: A Comprehensive Guide was exactly what I was looking
for. A way to find lighthouses during my travels. My AAA tour books and maps
did not mark the lights and I found I had driven very close by some of the
oldest and most beautiful lights in the country without even knowing it.
Not again with this guild, divided up by states, I should not miss of the
majestic old lighthouses.