Photo Gallery: Lighthouse Designs for Streetscapes & Yards
Rehoboth Beach Streetscape Lighthouse
Photos of Lighthouse Lawn Ornaments
Lawn Ornaments for Lighthouse Lovers
I have been in love with lighthouses for as long as I can remember and I know millions share my love of these beautiful, functional and romantic structures. To see a lighthouse, even a replica of one, is to be reminded of the sea on moonlit nights as well as dark and stormy nights, and to know that many a sailor's life has been saved by the light of these magnificent buildings. But lighthouse lovers' fascination doesn't end there. To see a lighthouse is to think of the Lighthouse Keeper and the Keeper's family rescuing capsized sailors, fishing their bodies out of the water just as the waves washed them to shore. The Keeper would bring the wounded into the house, provide first aid, feed and clothe the sailors until they were strong enough to leave.
This article is a photo gallery of replica lighthouses that are either lawn ornaments, part of a streetscape beautification project or real houses that are designed to look like a lighthouse. The photos were all taken in Southern Delaware which is the author's home state. And the author hopes you will simply enjoy viewing the gallery of photos or perhaps even be inspired to decorate your own lawn with a replica lighthouse. The hand-painted lighthouses in these photos are available at L.H. Webb & Sons Market Inc. in Frederica, DE but anyone wishing to add Lighthouse Decorations to their lawn can go online and find numerous companies that ship them wherever you are. There are a large number of beautiful and functional lighthouse lawn ornaments that you can choose from. Whether you want to add extra lighting to your lawn or garden or just want to add a nautical flare to your yard you can easily find what you're looking for.
Some people like to use replicas of famous lighthouses, especially ones they may have previously visited. Most famous lighthouses have fascinating stories connected with them and you can regale visitors with tales about the real lighthouse that your own is modeled after. Many of today's lighthouse replicas are available in sizes ranging from three feet to as high as twelve feet tall and some, but not all come with working lights that may require a source of electricity or may run on solar power so if you're ordering one be sure to find out if those features are included.
Another thing you need to consider is the type of material you want your replica to be made of. You can choose from a variety of materials including wood, stucco, and stone and you can also choose whether you want your lighthouse to be solid or hollow. My own lighthouse ornament is hollow because I wanted it to cover an ugly, 2 foot high well marker that was in my front yard. Some people prefer solid ones because they are heavier and sturdier. Whatever type of lighthouse lawn ornaments you prefer, you can find a wide selection of them online by simply typing the words, "lighthouse lawn ornaments" into Google.
Hand Painted Lighthouse Lawn OrnamentsClick thumbnail to view full-size
LIghthouse Ornaments Displayed in Local YardsClick thumbnail to view full-size
Replica of the Mispillion Lighthouse in Lewes
The Mispillion Lighthouse Burns Down & A Couple Builds a Replica Using Some Original Parts
On the morning of May 2, 2002, a lightning bolt struck the top of the Mispillion Lighthouse in Slaughter Beach, DE, destroying the upper portion of the tower and charring much of the wooden structure's interior. Prior to the fire, the owner had been trying to work with a non-profit agency to restore the lighthouse to its prior glory but those plans went up in smoke that fateful day.
However, a synchronous event occurred when on that very same day John and Sally Freeman purchased a building lot in Shipcarpenter's Square, a Lewes, DE, neighborhood that consists of relocated historic structures. When Sally saw a picture of the damaged Mispillion Light she and her husband contacted the owner and negotiated a deal that would allow them to purchase the remains of the Mispillion Lighthouse. By July 2005 the Freeman's had built a reconstructed and expanded Mispillion River Lighthouse in Shipcarpenter Square, complete with a brand new modern lantern costing over $53,000! At least a portion of the original lighthouse was incorporated into the new structure and lighthouse enthusiasts such as myself can still enjoy the beauty of this unique lighthouse and the memory of Delaware's last standing wooden-framed lighthouse continues to be honored.
Rehoboth Beach Lighthouse Inn
Hope You Enjoyed the Photo Gallery
Hope you have enjoyed this photo gallery of lighthouse designs for lawn decorations, real houses and streetscapes. If it has inspired you to create or purchase a lawn ornament for your own yard I wish you good luck in your online search.
If you already have lighthouse lawn ornaments or indoor replicas please leave a comment about your replica or collection.