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Address: Isles of Shoals
White Island Lighthouse (Aka: Isles of Shoals Light, White Island Light) is the only offshore lighthouse in New Hampshire. White Island Light was originally built in 1820 but the harsh Atlantic storms quickly deteriorated the White Island Lighthouse, even after several attempts to protect it after being built. The lighthouse was eventually replaced 39 years later, in 1859.
On April 19, 2007, a powerful nor easter storm hit New England and caused significant damage to the Isles of shoals, including White Island. This storm damaged the lighthouse tower, and washed away the covered tunnel that connects the generator room to the lighthouse tower, as well as the solar panels and fog horn. The navigational equipment was replaced by the Coast Guard immediately but since the lighthouse was automated by that time the wooden covered tunnel was not needed for the lighthouse to function or be maintained.The covered tunnel was rebuilt in 2011, the cost was $200,000.00 and was funded by state and federal grants.
White Island is now a historic site and managed by the State of NH Bureau of Historic Sites. The island is open to the public but is unstaffed. You may, however encounter temporary staff there from the State of New Hampshire, Department of Resources and Economic Development, volunteers from Lighthouse Kids, and Biologists who are there to protect the endangered Terns. If you plan to visit White Island in June/July you can expect that the nesting Terns will defend their territory vigorously. From the moment you land on the island the Terns will attack the highest point on you (your head). Be sure to bring an oar, a long stick, or other object you can hold above your head to protect your head but do NOT hit the Terns! Remember, they are endangered! The Terns also use feces as bombs to keep you away. With that said be sure to tread very carefully while on the island during nesting season. Terns nest on the ground, on the rocks and in the grass and are very hard to see the nest. Your best bet is to stay on the pathways and do not go to Seavey Island which is connected to White Island at low tide.
Note: At the time of this writing the house and generator room cannot be entered by anyone under the age of 18 years old due to asbestos and lead paint.
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