This is going to sound strange, but right now, you have the rare chance to own a piece of obsolete history yourself, for a price or completely for free, as long as you meet the requirements.
The U.S. General Service Administration recently issued a press release announcing plans to auction off, or give away, a record number of lighthouses this year— 9 of them, to be exact. It's all because of the National Historic Lighthouse Preservation Act of 2000, which attempts to ease the financial strain on taxpayers by selling or giving away government-owned lighthouses.
There are currently five lighthouses being given away for free to federal, state, or local government agencies; nonprofits; or educational or community development organizations that are financially able to maintain them and willing to make them publicly available for education, park, recreation, cultural, or historic preservation purposes.
Lynde Point Lighthouse, Old Saybrook, Connecticut.
Nobska Lighthouse, Falmouth (Woods Hole), Massachusetts.
Plymouth/Gurnet Lighthouse, Plymouth, Massachusetts.
Warwick Neck Light, Warwick, Rhode Island.
Little Mark Island and Monument, Harpswell, Maine.
And if those lighthouses don't find an owner during the NOA process, they'll be auctioned off to the public by the GSA along with these lighthouses:
Penfield Reef Lighthouse, Fairfield, Connecticut.
Stratford Shoal Light, East Setauket, New York.
Cleveland Harbor West Pierhead Light, Cleveland, Ohio.
Keweenaw Waterway Lower Entrance Light, Chassell, Michigan.
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