Lighthouses featured in lecture

Published 3:10 pm Wednesday, August 22, 2018

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The Isle of Wight County Museum will host the authors of “Screwpiles: The Forgotten Lighthouses” for a free lecture beginning at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 25.

Screwpile lighthouses stand directly on piles screwed into sandy or muddy sea and river bottoms. Many such lighthouses have existed, and still do, in Southeastern Virginia, Northeastern North Carolina and Southern Maryland.

Karla Smith, Phyllis Sepidell, John Sheally II and Larry Saint published this book, which combines archival plans and photos, original art and photography, stories pulled from lightkeepers’ logs and journals and contemporary interviews with the people still connected to the lights. The authors weave these together to tell the story of how these lights came to be, their role in early American history and navigation and the people who manned them.

Books, signed by the authors, will be available for purchase.

For more information, contact the museum, located at 103 Main St., Smithfield., at 356-1223 or visit