Historic Boston Harbor lighthouse getting makeover
BOSTON (AP) — A historic 18th century lighthouse in Boston Harbor is now surrounded by scaffolding as crews renovate the structure in advance of its 300th birthday.
The Boston Light sits on Little Brewster Island about 8 miles from Boston and has been designated a National Historic Landmark. It’s touted as the country’s first and oldest continually staffed light station.
The Boston Globe reports (http://bit.ly/XDynQz ) that crews are refreshing and resealing mortar that binds the lighthouse’s granite blocks and refurbishing outlying buildings including the keeper’s house and fog signal building. The Coast Guard is paying for the $2 million project, which is expected to be completed next year.
The lighthouse was built in 1716, but the British blew it up during the Revolutionary War. It was rebuilt with an 89-foot tower in 1783.
Information from: The Boston Globe, http://www.bostonglobe.com