Point Pinos Lighthouse.
In the words of a close friend, “the things you can do every day are the things you never do.” Point Pinos Lighthouse sits about 1 mile from our home and we finally had the chance to wander over and take a tour.
The lighthouse is immaculately preserved and furnished as it would have originally been in mid-1800s.
Loved this kitchen!
This lighthouse’s story is unique. The first lighthouse keeper, Charles Layton, and his wife, Charlotte, took up residence in 1855. He died shortly after while on a posse (fabulous word that we don’t often get to use), and the wife, Charlotte, took over as keeper. She was the one responsible for turning the lighthouse into a ‘home’ and making the living area functional.
There was a large cistern built under the house that stored the water collected from the roof during stormy weather. A manual hand pump then pulled it up to the kitchen and bathroom for use.
The lighthouse was under the functional control of the U.S. Coast Guard up through WWII, actually. The Coast Guard would stop by to do an inspection, and to drop off fuel and supplies.
Here’s what they lighthouse keeper and his wife received as provisions:
There was an antique cookbook left open for viewing, though you couldn’t turn the pages to see what year it was printed. Below is an excerpt – and we see, once again, these lengthy cooking times for vegetables:
Fantastic local discovery!