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Created as navigational tools, lighthouses are of interest to more than mariners; the ruggedly romantic nature of the beacons delights and enthralls thousand of admirers. Lights along the Virginia coast are no exception, from the richly historic Old Cape Henry Light, authorized by President George Washington in 1789, to the candy-striped Assateague Light on the state’s Eastern Shore. Of equal interest are the tales of the men of the United States Life-Saving Service, the forerunner of today’s Coast Guard. Spaced along the shore, they aided navigation by responding selflessly to ships in distress, often at their own peril. Many of their quaint, beach cottage–style stations are lost, others preserved.
|Publisher:||Arcadia Publishing SC|
|Series:||Images of America Series|
|Product dimensions:||6.52(w) x 9.24(h) x 0.36(d)|
About the Author
In Lighthouses and Lifesaving Stations of Virginia, author Patrick Evans-Hylton has collected more than 200 archival images that capture the illuminating history of the silent sentinels of the sea and the valiant stories of heroic surfmen. Patrick, a local Tidewater resident, is an editor for Hampton Roads Magazine and an avid history enthusiast, as well as the author of Hampton Roads: The World War II Years and several other books with Arcadia.