New Hampshire lighthouse part of new stamp series
On Saturday, area residents joined Gov. Maggie Hassan, U.S. Coast Guardsmen and members of the U.S. Postal Service at the tip of Great Island to officially release a stamp featuring the Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouse.
Patty Lane Evans, of Seabrook, said the lighthouse stamps appeal to people who feel a connection to the sea.
"Salt water runs in my blood," Evans said.
"We can see three lighthouses from our house so it seems like a neighborhood," Grenon said, adding her mother — Elizabeth Grenon, 80, who lives in Massachusetts — enjoys sitting on the porch watching the waves.
Barrington resident Joel Sherburne, who can trace his family's roots in America back to Strawbery Banke in Portsmouth, said he was excited to see the lighthouse on a stamp. He added he purchased several post cards and stamps to send to people while keeping a few keepsakes for his own collection.
Hassan said the stamp honors the long history of the Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouse, which was first established in 1771. She added lighthouses symbolize and honor the values of perseverance, community and selfless service which are held dear by many.
The current lighthouse, which was built out of granite in 1903, was the third one constructed on the promontory near Fort Constitution, which shares the area with an active U.S. Coast Guard Station near 25 Wentworth Road in New Castle.
John Cantwell, of the U.S. Postal Service, said the images of the New England Coastal Lighthouses are the latest installation of a series of stamps by artist Howard Koslow and art director Howard Paine which began in 1990.
The series also features the following lighthouses: Portland Head Light in Cape Elizabeth, Maine; Point Judith Lighthouse in Narragansett, R.I.; New London Harbor Lighthouse in New London, Conn.; and Boston Harbor Light in Boston, Mass.
For more information, visit www.newenglandlighthousetours.com.
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