The United States is giving away and selling lighthouses across the country in an effort to preserve them. USA today reported. During an annual event, which the administration calls “lighthouse season”, 10 lighthouses will be offered this year.
Six of these lighthouses will be offered at no cost to federal agencies, state and local governments, nonprofits, educational institutions and community development organizations, the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) said. The GSA added that if the six lighthouses cannot be transferred to owners, they will also be auctioned online
Four will go up for public auction so everyone can fulfill their lighthouse dreams.
The purpose of the transfers is to preserve historic buildings, even if technology has made them obsolete. Modern technology, including GPS, has made lighthouses less essential to navigation and many have been demolished or neglected.
Lighthouses have long served as beacons for people at sea or on inland waterways, marking dangerous coastlines and underwater hazards such as rocks and reefs, and marking safe entrances to harbours. As technology advanced and lighthouses became less essential to navigation, lighthouses often fell into neglect or were demolished. GS wrote.
“People really appreciate the heroic role of the lone lighthouse keeper. They really were the tools to provide safe passage to some of these dangerous harbors that provided great trading opportunities for communities, and they are often in prominent locations that offer breathtaking views,” said John Kelly of the GSA’s real estate agency. Good. The protector.
Some of the lighthouses purchased in the past have been converted into private homes by people who want a unique living situation.
“They all have their own interesting histories,” Kelly added.
Since the passage of the National Historic Lighthouse Preservation Act in 2000, the GSA has transferred ownership of lighthouses “no longer critical to U.S. Coast Guard mission needs” to groups willing to preserve them, according to a statement from the agency.
To date, 150 lighthouses have been transferred, 80 given away and another 70 auctioned, raising more than $10 million.