The historic lighthouse may just be a beautiful sight now, but it once served as a travel guide to many boaters and steamers that provided wood and bricks to the New Orleans area. The lighthouse keeper and their family would reside in the keeper's cottage as they tended to the lighthouse duties, greeted visitors, and welcomed home the residents of the area.
The original lighthouse that was build in the early 1800's was damaged by cannon fire during the Civil War and rebuilt in the mid 1800's using some original debris gathered from the rubbish. In the 1930's, the lighthouse became automatic, and the lighthouse keeper's position had retired.
Today the lighthouse is under the maintenance and care of the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Maritime Museum. Unfortunately, the road is no longer accessible due to Huricane Betsy washing it away and there are closures due to recent vandelism. Concern has risen regarding the erosion that is washing away the land that the lighthouse sits upon.
With grants and fundraisers, the Tchefuncte River Alliance is able to make much needed repairs to help save the lighthouse and prevent it from washing away into the Lake. The Tchefuncte River Foundation invites everyone to come and support/donate to help save this historic treasure. On August 2nd, 2014 7pm - 11pm, The inaugural gala, The Tchefunte Tribute, Lighting the Way for the Water we Love, will be helpd at the Castine Center in mandeville - enjoy awesome music and food that will be provided by 20 northshore restaurants. Tickets for the event are $75 per person or $800 for reserved table of 8. 50% of proceeds are going to the lighthouse. For tickets call 985-845-9200.
The lighthouse is a symbol of the town's history, come help support and boost awareness to save our history!
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