Our fictional town of Gable Cove, Texas boasts a landlocked lighthouse. Called Deacon’s Folly, the school children of Gable Cove – at the urging of the town deacons – did a Save Your Pennies fundraiser in the 1950s, to save the landmark lighthouse. Originally located on the bay, no one realized the funds were to cover the expenses incurred for moving the lighthouse to a new location. Town deacons donated a tract of land originally set aside for a housing tract just outside town limits as the new home for the lighthouse.
Over the years, Deacon’s Folly has been refurbished on the lower two stories by the Rotary Club so that the lighthouse could be rented out for wedding receptions, retirement parties, and Christmas parties. A couple of Boy Scouts did Eagle projects that provided fencing around the property and landscaping, and a covered picnic area. The Kiwanis Club hosts pancake breakfasts every other Saturday from April through August, with the proceeds going into their Paint the Lighthouse fund. The townsfolk of Gable Cove are understandably proud of Deacon’s Folly, as it’s turned out to not only be a unique sort of community center, but it’s also a boon to their tourist economy. On the Fourth of July, the lamp in Deacon’s Folly announces the beginning of the fireworks show, giving town residents a ten minute lead to tuning their radios for the accompanying music for the fireworks and assembling to watch the display.
Deacon’s Folly is fictional, as is the town of Gable Cove, but there are other towns across the United States that boast their own landlocked lighthouses. Unlike ours, many of these weren’t ever working lighthouses.
1. Salinas, Kansas has a lighthouse replica near a former golf course.
2. Cedar City, Utah. Located just off the freeway, it is not open to the public.
3. Storm Lake, Iowa has a lighthouse that marks the entrance to their community.
4. Rockwood Pentecostal Lighthouse Church in Rockwood, Tennessee is 25 feet tall. It’s a church.
5. Atlantic-Brigantine Blvd. Lighthouse, New Jersey. It’s in a traffic circle between Atlantic-Brigantine Blvd. and Bayshore Avenue.
6. Lighthouse Pointe Lighthouse, Frankfort, Illinois marks the entrance to an upscale neighborhood.
7. A Hershey, PA lighthouse is all that remains of a swimming pool complex that operated from 1929 to 1967.
8. The 1871 Colchester Reef Lighthouse – Shelbourne Museum was relocated and preserved in Vermont.
So, there it is. Lighthouses across the United States, and a teaser glimpse into our fictional town of Gable Cove, Texas, home of our Gable Cove series. Sheylynn’s Ghost Hunter first book of her GC series, and Laura’s Side by Side, the 1st book of her GC series will be available in June, 2014. ~Laura and Sheylynn
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