Bygone Beacons: The James River Lighthouses and Their Lightkeepers

July 10, 2020 - 07:00 pmJuly 10, 2020 - 08:00 pmNovember 21, 2019, 7pm - 8pm
The Mariners’ Museum and Park
100 Museum Drive
Newport News, VA 23606
United States 100 Museum Drive Newport News 23606


  • Guests: $5
  • Members: $Free

Larry Saint & Karla Smith are co-authors of Screwpiles: The Forgotten Lighthouses. The James River lighthouses first exhibited their lights in 1855 in response to increasing steamship traffic. The newly invented screwpile foundation supported a cottage-style residence & cupola to house the light. The lightkeepers, dedicated men & women, lived in often harsh conditions as they maintained their light. On duty around the clock, they seldom had the opportunity to be home. Hear fascinating stories of the people & places that made the James River lighthouses so important to the golden age of steamship travel, & how changing technology & declining river commerce forced their demise starting in the 1930s.

To purchase an advance copy of Bygone Beacons prior to the lecture, go to the Museum's online web shop at: After you've made your purchase, your book will be placed on hold at the Museum to either pick up at your convenience or prior to the lecture.