Tuesday, July 23, 2019

The Madisonville Lighthouses

Next time you are in Madisonville, stop by the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Maritime Museum, where one of the most interesting displays is a collection of small-scale dioramas of Lighthouses around Lake Pontchartrain. The boats and the history of maritime activities around the lake is a central focus, but the land-based structures that kept those boats safe were the lighthouses. Imagine the stories these lakeside sentinels could tell.

Here are a few pictures of some of the dioramas.Click on the images to make them larger. 


The New Canal Lighthouse

There's a story behind this one, but you have to visit the museum to read the descriptive card.

For more information, click on the links below:

Tchefuncte River Lighthouse

Lighthouses of Eastern Lake Pontchartrain

Tchefuncte River Lighthouse on Historic Registry

Maritime Museum Unveils New Jahncke Shipyard Model

Lighthouse Keeper's Cottage Restored