Point Comfort Lighthouse needs your help. There are some immediate
maintenance concerns as well as long term restoration, preservation,
and maintenance issues to be addressed. The Mathews County Historical
Society is leading the latest effort by creating a five-year "Master
Plan" for the County of Mathews. Working with the Board of Supervisors,
we expect to bring the expertise of engineers, architects, erosion
specialist, and other professionals to help develop the Plan. Upon
approval the Society will raise funds to implement the preservation
In August, 2001 the Society
formed the New Point Comfort Preservation Task Force. Guided by Chairman
Earl Soles the group is already hard at work on it's mission:
"To develop a plan to preserve the New Point Comfort Lighthouse
as a permanent historic sentinel representing American navigation,
transportation, commerce, craftsmanship, engineering, and Americans'
perseverance through peace and war."
The following organizational structure was set up to
accomplish the goal :
Research and Records:This subcommittee
will review and coordinate all the existing information about the New
Point Light and relevant materials on other lighthouses that may be
& Water: This group will consider the elements that affect the
lighthouse: wave and wind action, erosion, underwater grasses and other
environmental concerns, etc. It will look at what should be done to
preserve and/or enhance the existing island.
Lighthouse Structure: The lighthouse itself is the focus
of this group: how should the building be preserved? What materials
should be used for repairs? It will also consider ventilation, etc.
Public Access & Security: This group will consider the issues of public access and security
for the island and building. Since the dock installed in the 1970's
was washed away, there is no safe access to the island. The riprap
is very slippery and dangerous for visitors to climb upon. The door
has been taken down a number of times, leaving the building open
to the elements.
& Fundraising: This committee will look for and develop sources
of funding to pay for the repairs and maintenance to the lighthouse
and for securing the land. The County already has a designated fund
and the Historical Society also has a Lighthouse Preservation Fund
& Publicity: This will be a critical task as we move forward with
planning and the process of developing a Master Plan. This web site
is part of our effort to keep the public informed of our activities.
view from the Lighthouse lantern walk looking North towards the
New Point Comfort Peninsula. To the left is the New Point Island
and Harper Creek, on right is the Chesapeake Bay. This picture
also gives an indication of how far the tiny lighthouse island
has been separated from the mainland.
information on how you can help "Save Our
Sentinel" Contact the:
Earl Soles, at (804) 776-6194
donate online at:
Mathews County Historical Society - www.rootsweb.com/~vamchs/
Ober, Bob Warren, and Scot Turner