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According to the Navy League, no industry has been more vital to the economy of the United States than that of America's maritime industry. Lighthouses were once the cornerstone of maritime industry.
Recognizing the importance of lighthouses, President George Washington signed an Act for the establishment and support of Lighthouses on August 7, 1789. The federal government assumed responsibility for all lighthouses in the United States. Secretary of Treasury Alexander Hamilton oversaw the act.
During the month of August, get a free lighthouse calendar with the purchase of a lighthouse print. While quantities last.