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Posted 8 February 2009
L to R:  New frame that will to welded to the existing  caisson skin to replace rusted areas; new waterproof door; Charles Myers, Army Corps of Engineers project director for Harbor of Refuge explaining the water seal features of the door.   The door is currently stored at a Corps warehouse in Philadelphia.  It will be installed this spring.

It's still in the warehouse, but it's REAL!
Foundation Gets Its First Look at  New Door
For Harbor of Refuge Lighthouse

During a recent meeting in Philadelphia, Foundation President Judith Roales and Charles Myers, the Army Corps of Engineers Project Director for Harbor of Refuge, took a field trip to Corps warehouses at Fort Mifflin.  Purpose of the trip:  TO SEE THE DOOR!

Roales later told other Foundation Directors, "It's beautiful!"  This was the first time any of the Foundation members had seen the new door, since its planned installation last fall was cancelled after storms took out the dock and made it impossible for the Corps to get the door onto the lighthouse.

"Beautiful" might be a bit strong; but to those working for several years to get the old door and rusted framework replaced, it certainly is a welcome sight to see the new pieces ready to be installed at the lighthouse.  Serious planning is now underway to have the dock replaced and enlarged to accommodate Corps workers by early May.


With Thanks to All Who Contributed

Foundation Closes the Door
On Highly Successful Campaign

The Foundation's year-long campaign to raise more than $12,000 to finance the replacement of the main doorway at Harbor of Refuge Lighthouse and carry out major preservation work on the entire doorway system ended with calendar year 2008. 

The campaign was total success, spurting over the top of the goal in the last days of the year.

While most of the contributions came from individual donors, generous grants were also received from the Delaware Preservation Fund and the Lewes chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau.  The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Philadelphia District and Railway Specialties Corp. of Bristol, PA made major contributions with the manufacturing and installation of the door.  You can preview the plaque that will be erected at the lighthouse to honor donors by clicking here.

Installation was planned for last fall, but could not be accomplished because of foul weather.  It is now planned for early spring.

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