If the beautiful New England Coastal Lighthouses Forever® stamps make you want to learn more about lighthouses, there are many ways to satisfy your curiosity:
- Start by taking a virtual tour of all five lighthouses featured on the stamps. Want to see more? Try an online tour of all of New England’s historic lighthouses.
- Learn about the history of lighthouses and the keepers and their families who lived and worked at these structures in Lighthouse Digest, a bi-monthly news and history magazine.
- Explore the website for the PBS series Legendary Lighthouses, which features regional photo galleries and information on individual lighthouses, as well as a bibliography of books on the subject.
- The U.S. National Park Service’s Maritime Heritage Program works to educate the public on the role of maritime affairs in American history and assists with preservation and heritage projects. Its website has links to
information about lighthouses around the country. You can discover if a lighthouse is open to the public or find information about its vital statistics (height, construction material, etc.) and history.
- Lighthouse News has features and articles about lighthouses. The site also has a comprehensive list of links for lighthouse enthusiasts, including blogs, forums, and preservation groups, among others.
- Even better than reading about lighthouses, you might want to arrange an overnight stay. Some of America’s lighthouses offer bed & breakfast accommodations, while others offer unusual and romantic venues for weddings and other events. (If you do spend some time in a lighthouse, be sure to send a postcard!)
However you choose to delve more deeply into lighthouse history and lore—online, in books, or in person—don’t forget to share your enthusiasm with friends and loved ones. Be sure to use the New England Coastal Lighthouses stamps to spread the news that lighthouses are seriously cool.