Randy Ansley

Depending on the time of year, the weather and acts of nature, a trip to the lighthouse isn't always easy. A typical trip includes a walk from the parking lot down to the beach then across some sand and gravel over some slippery driftwood across some big rocks and then up the hill to the lighthouse. When people visit the lighthouse this trip separates the hearty from the timid. Thanks to the efforts of Rural Human Services the trip is now much easier.

Clearing the path

Because of the good folks at RHS and some grant money for the clean-up of storm damage, we now have a wonderful path to the lighthouse. Each week, Battery Point Lighthouse has an estimated 1,000 visitorsboth those who take the lighthouse tour and those who just come up to walk around the island. Now these folks will find a nice clean pathway through the beach with the driftwood removed and the big rocks have been removed from the moat. Now you have no excuse for making a picnic lunch and come to the lighthouse for an outing.

For those who wish to tour the lighthouse, we are still hampered by Mother Nature. During the summer months we are open Wednesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., tides permitting. The tides change every day so we have posted a chart with estimated times we can be open through October. Sometimes Mother Nature fools us, but you can find this list in the sign at the Battery Point parking lot.

The trouble with trees

In other news we have found an arborist who will help us with some new trees. Because of the high winds the trees need a lot of water to keep them going. The winds dry them out. He suggestsbesides a lot of waterwe build a small fence around them to help them get started over the first few years. He said that the larger trees could be helped to grow out on top by having then groomed and pruned. The trees are a big part of Battery Point and we want to keep them going.

Ever wonder where the old keepers got their water? If you said rain, then you are right. However, where did they keep it? They could not drink the water in the big tanks around the island because that water was contaminated with salt. However, the builders anticipated this problem and a 12,000-gallon cistern was cut into the rock under what is now the kitchen. And what of the tanks? They were used for other water needs like doing the laundry or taking a bath.

Randy Ansley, the Battery Point Lighthouse keeper, can be reached at