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Boston Light Celebrates 300th Birthday

Celebrations for national landmark start Wednesday, September 14th



    (Published Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2016)

    The country's oldest lighthouse celebrates its 300th birthday in Massachusetts on Wednesday.

    Nearly a mile from Hull, Massachusetts, sits Boston Light, the oldest lighthouse station in the country. The lighthouse was built in 1716.

    Sally Snowman has been manning the lighthouse on Little Brewster Island since 2003.

    "I have the honor of being the first female keeper out here," Snowman said. "I'm the 70th keeper and the first 69 were all male."

    Snowman's love for the national landmark started well before she started working there.

    "I began out here as a Coast Guard auxiliaries as a volunteer in 1994," said Snowman. "In fact my husband and I got married here."

    Snowman dedicated her life to sharing the legacy of the lighthouse with thousands of visitors every season and does so by wearing a handmade dress.

    "I got the idea of the costume to help tell the history out here," she said.

    The lighthouse was destroyed during the American Revolution and rebuilt in 1783.

    There are 76 stairs that lead to the top of the lighthouse.

    Snowman says she has climbed the stairs as many as 13 times in one day.

    A 1,000 watt light bulb illuminates behind an 11 foot tall crystal that's at the lighthouse since 1859.

    "That gets magnified to 2 million candle light power seen 27 miles on a clear night," Snowman said.

    Celebrations for Boston Light's 300th birthday start Wednesday at 10 a.m. on Long Wharf in Boston.

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