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New Book About New Point Comfort Lighthouse

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Photo by John Tobin

The Mathews County Historical Society announces the publication of their newest book The New Point Comfort Lighthouse Its History and Preservation by Mary Louise Clifford. This book is a tribute to the lighthouse keepers who manned this lighthouse, their families, the County of Mathews  and its residents and their part in the maritime history on the Chesapeake Bay.

Starting with a March 3, 1801, Act of Congress to build a light house between Old Point Comfort and Smith’s Point, New Point Comfort Lighthouse evolved. It was first lit in 1806 and manned by lighthouse keeper Elzy Burroughs, its builder. The book traces the lighthouse’s history from construction to preservation efforts of today.  Included within its chapters are old photographs and correspondence, the role of New Point Comfort Lighthouse during the War of 1812 and Civil War and the keepers of the light. Now the property of Mathews County, New Point Comfort Lighthouse was maintained as a beacon of welcome and protection until 1963.

Author Mary Louise Clifford and researcher J. Candace Clifford will be at the Mathews County Visitor and Information Center, Saturday, November 30, 2013 10 A.M. – noon and 2  – 4 P.M. for a book signing.

Mary Louise Clifford has published over twenty books, several about lighthouses.  Researcher and book designer J. Candace Clifford is a lighthouse historian.

The book will be sold locally at the Mathews County Visitor Center, 239 Main Street, Mathews or you may order by mailing a check (made out to MCHS) to MCHS, P.O. Box  855, Mathews, VA 23109.  Hard cover books are $28.00 plus $5.00 VA sales tax and shipping and soft cover books $20.00 and $4.50 VA sales tax and shipping.

Proceeds from the book benefit the preservation of the New Point Comfort Lighthouse.