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Music, tours at Point No Point Lighthouse Aug. 5 | Kitsap Week

POINT NO POINT — Aug. 5 is National Lighthouse Day.

Friends of Point No Point Lighthouse in Hansville will host a lighthouse day celebration from noon to 4 p.m. There will be activities, games and prizes for children; tours of the lighthouse; and the Hometown Band will perform from 2-3 p.m.

Artifacts from the shipwrecked Admiral Sampson will be on display in the lighthouse.

National Lighthouse Day is celebrated at lighthouses throughout the United States during the month of August to educate communities about lighthouse preservation efforts, the history of lighthouses, and the continuing need for active aids to navigation.

Plus, lighthouses are “cool places to visit,” said JoAnn Johnson, president of Friends of Point No Point Lighthouse. “They are usually in the most scenic coastal locations in the U.S.”

Point No Point Light is the oldest lighthouse on Puget Sound and is the only lighthouse in Kitsap County. It was built and lit in 1879. It was automated in 1977.

The U.S. Lighthouse Society moved its headquarters from San Francisco’s Financial District to the lightkeeper’s quarters in 2008. The lighthouse and property were transferred from the U.S. Coast Guard to Kitsap County in 2010.

In 2010, American Express and the National Trust for Historic Preservation awarded $100,000 in restoration funds to Point No Point Lighthouse. The money was used to rehabilitate the oil house, install new shingles around the base of the lantern room, hang a new front door, run a new electrical line to the lighthouse, remove an inactive modern fog signal, replace the lantern room glass, and strip, patch, prime and paint the exterior walls. A re-opening celebration was held May 12, 2012.

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