Off the tip of Windmill Point and Stingray Point in the Chesapeake Bay, at the mouth of the Rappahannock River, is Wolftrap Lighthouse. It’s a well-known landmark, or rather seamark, for watermen and boaters in the area. I’ve passed it many times, myself. It was decommissioned and auctioned off by the Coast Guard back in the ’70’s, and moved into private hands. It’s up for sale again. For $288,000 you get the lighthouse and a piece of marshland on shore a mile away where you can launch a boat to get to it.
Now this is my idea of a dream home.
One problem, apparently, is the structure draws fish, and that draws fishermen. Most of the year you would wake up at dawn, wander out onto the balcony in your PJ’s with the paper and a cup of coffee, and, instead of a peaceful private morning – just you and the sea and the seagulls – you will have to share it with a flotilla of sparkly boats and fishermen and fishermen’s wives and buddies and kids and girlfriends, with their radios blaring and engines idling.
Sort of spoils the moment, I imagine.
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