White Island Light (aka Isles of Shoals Light), July 2010
White Island and Seavey Island are in the Isles of Shoals located in and
off the coast of New Hampshire in the town of Rye. During low tide, the two
islands are connected by a land bridge.
White Island is dominated by a lighthouse, now automated, and the keeper's
house. The lighthouse and associated buildings are now owned by the state of New
Hampshire. The lighthouse tower was restored in 2005 as the result of the
efforts of a group of seventh graders in nearby North Hampton, known as the
Lighthouse Kids (a chapter of the American Lighthouse Foundation). Poet Celia
Thaxter grew up on this island before moving to Smuttynose Island and eventually
The first lighthouse in the Isles of Shoals was established on White Island
in 1821. It was a stone tower, later encased with wood and shingled.
The lighthouse's original characteristic was unusually patriotic, with red,
white, and blue flashes. The blue flash was soon discontinued because of its