Sankaty Head Light on Nantucket with a quote from the author, Anne Lamott
"Lighthouses don’t go running all over an island looking for boats to save; they just stand there shining."
Our quote this week comes from the American author, Anne Lamott. She is the author of several novels and works of non-fiction, as well as the subject of the 1999 documentary, Bird by Bird: A Film Portrait of Writer Anne Lamott.
I am not familiar with Lamott, but wanted to find a quote that fits with this image, which is another vintage Nantucket postcard. The postcard depicts Sankaty Head Light on Nantucket. This is one of three lighthouses on Nantucket and sits on the eastern end of the island. Sankaty Head Light is typically easy to identify with it's large red stripe in the middle. However, that stripe is quite faint here.
At the time of this postcard, which is sometime around 1954 based on the stamp on the front of this book of postcards, the lighthouse had a keeper's house and Coast Guard building around it. However, the building were removed in the 1990s due to concerns of falling over the bluff due to erosion. Sankaty Head Light was moved away from the bluff in 2007, after many years of finding ways to curb the damage from erosion. You can read much more about the history of Sankaty Head Light at NewEnglandLighthouses.net.
I lived along Polpis Road, which runs near the lighthouse, for many years and would occasionally take bike rides there. It's a beautiful location with a huge bluff on one side and views of Sankaty Golf Club and the moors in the other direction. Go visit sometime if you have a chance.
Check out our site to see our own Sankaty Head Light tie and bowtie. We also offer handmade, reclaimed wood signs featuring Sankaty Head Light and a Sankaty Head Light Framed Print.