The sun goes down on the new Cape Henry Lighthouse. (photo via tmersh / iStock / Getty Images Plus)

Discovering Lighthouses

The premise, of course, was brilliant and prescient. Settlers living near the water would set fires on hilltops to serve as literal guiding lights for ships. Eventually, it led to platforms that were lit by fire.

Of course, that proved to be a bit cumbersome and tiresome to light a fire every night or as needed. That is, until Thomas Edison came along and invented the lightbulb, making the rest history and ultimately leading to the lighthouse.

And what a glorious history this country has of lighthouses. Be they on the river, on a lake or an ocean coast, here are 25 of America’s most wonderful lighthouses.