Herrick Cove Light
Lake Sunapee, New Hampshire
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History
Herrick Cove Light is one of three lighthouses built on beautiful Lake Sunapee in the 1890s in an effort to improve the safety of steamboat travel. The builders were the Woodsum Brothers, who ran the steamships that traversed the lake in its heyday as a resort.
 
The lighthouse is owned by the State of New Hampshire's Marine Patrol Bureau and is maintained by the Lake Sunapee Protection Association. Herrick Cove Lighthouse was refurbished in 1965 and more repairs were done in 1983 after some damage by ice.
 
Local painter Paul Johnson has donated his time to repainting one of the three lighthouses each year.
 
In October 2003 the lighthouse was lifted by helicopter off its base for another thorough renovation. When the tower was lifted it briefly was dunked in the lake as it turned out it weighed more than had been expected, but it was quickly lifted to safety in the yard of Court Cross, chair of the Lake Sunapee Protection Association's lighthouse committee. The crib base was overhauled and the outer wooden panels of the lighthouse were replaced by maintenance-free panels. The tower's appearance remained the same.
 
This lighthouse can be viewed from the deck of the public tour boat Mt. Sunapee II.
Last updated 10/16/03
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