Lighthouse nominated for Save-A-Landmark
Since 1749, the Beavertail Lighthouse has been proudly looking over Narragansett Bay from the southernmost tip of Conanicut Island. Now, Hampton Hotels is bringing its decade-long Save-ALandmark campaign to the island and will give the public a chance to vote on Rhode Island’s most worthy landmark.
Along with the Beavertail Lighthouse, the other Ocean State landmarks nominated are the International Hall of Fame in Newport and the Westerly Armory. The landmark receiving the most votes by the end of November will receive a donation for preservation work.
Hampton Hotels started the Save-A-Landmark campaign in April 2000, and the goal was to uncover hidden landmarks, track down lost landmarks and save any landmark that is in need of repair. Since then, Hampton Hotel volunteers has restored more than 50 landmarks, including the Amelia Earhart Birthplace Museum in Atchinson, Kan., and the USS Laffey Destroyer World World II battleship in Mount Pleasant, S.C. There has even been a landmark in Jamestown already restored – the World’s Largest Buffalo in Jamestown, N.D.
The Beavertail Lighthouse Museum building was constructed in 1898, but was restored and reopened to the public in 1989 to “exhibit information and artifacts to educate visitors about the lighthouse and the rich history it brings to Rhode Island,” according to the Save-A-Landmark website
Anyone can log on to www. hamptonlandmarks.com and cast their vote for their favorite landmark, and if the Lighthouse gets enough support, it can get more of the recognition it deserves.