August 7 marks the 230th Anniversary of the 1789 Lighthouse Act and the role of Alexander Hamilton in the developing the lighthouses to guard American coastlines.
Prior to becoming America’s first Secretary of the Treasury, Hamilton also oversaw the establishment of the Lighthouse Service and Cutter Service, the basis for today’s U.S. Coast Guard Station New York.
The importance of lighthouses to ensure the safety of shipping and development of trade was clear to Hamilton.
In Scotland at this time the first lighthouse began to appear along the rugged coast. The very first lighthouse on mainland Scotland (1787), was Kinnaird Head Lighthouse which now houses the Museum of Scottish Lighthouses
To learn more of this fascinating history of the Lighthouses,
Join us on September 16th for
ASF Sunset Tea & Pimms on the Arsenal Rooftop in Central Park
with a talk by National Lighthouse Museum curator Wade R Goria
Alexander Hamilton: Guiding Light of America’s Commerce