CAPE CANAVERAL LIGHTHOUSE
Ever since the Cape Canaveral Lighthouse Foundation was formed in 2002, a vision of what we want to accomplish has led our mission. First, the Foundation was set to assist the Air Force in promoting access to the lighthouse and provide the public with the knowledge and history of what is certainly one of the most unique lighthouses in the United States. This vision is still a primary goal of the Foundation today.
Future generations will have the opportunity to understand the importance of the role that the lighthouse has played in the safety of the maritime travel on the eastern seashore as well as in the history of Cape Canaveral. To that end and for the reasons stated below, the Foundation realized that the Keepers’ Cottages should be rebuilt to complete the historical integrity of the original configuration of buildings surrounding the lighthouse. The buildings housed the families of the head lighthouse keeper and those of his two assistants. Historically, therefore, rebuilding the cottages is the proper thing to do. Practically, rebuilding the Keepers’ Cottages would provide an arena in which to tell the story of the lighthouse.
The story of the lighthouse is a compelling one. It includes the depiction of men and women who lived at a time when keeping a signal in the form of a beam of light was critical in order to warn of the danger of treacherous shoals on the coastline. Therefore, the Foundation envisions an educational center to be constructed on site that would enable us to tell the story of the courageous keepers of the light who kept the lamp lit often under arduous conditions. The story of the lighthouse and its keepers is not the only story of Cape Canaveral that needs to be told. The early settlers and pioneers at the Cape is a unique history that is an essential part of the history of the lighthouse. Another story for future generations is the diverse and delicate eco system that begs to be told.
Much needs to be told about the Native Americans who were on the grounds centuries before thoughts were even given to having a lighthouse. Consequently, with all the numerous stories that make up the Cape, it is incumbent upon us to have a place to relate these histories. What better place for an educational center than in a Keeper’s Cottage?
One of the sources of the funding for the work of our Foundation up to this point has been the gift shop otherwise known as the “Keeper’s Closet.” However, sales at the “Closet” have been limited to space and availability of days of the week to be open. Surveying many of the gift shops at other lighthouses, our Foundation has realized that the potential exists for the gift shop to generate an income ten-fold, perhaps even more, if an accessible permanent facility were available. Again what better place to have such an enterprise than one of the Keeper’s Cottages? This Cottage would also house an archeological display section where artifacts, documents and materials of this bygone era as well as house an interpretive center.
A third cottage envisioned to complete the rebuilding of the original configuration of the lighthouse property would be a replicate of the homes the keepers lived in during their assignment at the Cape Canaveral Lighthouse. This cottage would have period furniture and depict the everyday lives of the keepers.
Finally, our vision for the lighthouse would not be complete without plans for the grounds to be completely landscaped and gardens installed. The grounds would have picnic tables and benches for family outings.
Please donate towards the rebuilding of the Keeper’s Cottages and restoring the Lighthouse to it’s historical setting. Your donation will help future generations of citizens learn about the Lighthouse and why it was so important to the history of Cape Canaveral.Donation
The initial donation is set at $1, but you can set any dollar amount you like in the quantity.
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