Charlotte, North Carolina
January 15, 2005
The lighthouse was decommissioned in 1949. It eventually fell victim to the elements. But in 1989, the Coast Guard donated her to the city of Baltimore. Over the years, volunteers and students helped restore the lighthouse. In 1988, she was cut from her pilings and moved to the Inner Harbor. In 1997, she permanently became part of the Inner Harbor. The lighthouse is currently open for climbing. The keeper’s quarters have been restored to their beauty, and someone is stationed inside to answer your questions.
Anytime you have the privilege to climb the inside of a lighthouse, you should. It is a chance to step back in time. Today, only a small number of lighthouses are open for climbing. Most people think of lighthouses as tall cylindered buildings, like Cape Hatteras here in my home state of North Carolina. The daunting task of climbing up several hundred skinny steps to the top is more than some people care to do. So these smaller lighthouses like the Seven Knoll are perfect. There are only about 20 steps to climb and you are not very high up. You can walk around outside to get a great view of the harbor. To find out more information about this and many other lighthouses, please go to www.lighthousedepot.com. You can also find a variety of lighthouse-themed items. Or go to www.baltimore.org for information on the Inner Harbor to see what is going on during your visit.
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