I always enjoy looking out through the windows of historic buildings and imagining what the view was once like to the original inhabitants. Was it the same as I’m experiencing? Likely not. All sorts of other structures were not there, and sometimes there was even more landscape to see.
Such is the case here.
The chain link fence that is just visible in the above image was added about thirty to forty years ago. The building beyond the fence was added to the grounds sometime after 1930, long after another building that was there had vanished. To the right of the window frame (in the image above) lies the moldering remains of a long Coast Guard depot pier, which was still fully functional in 1939 and can be seen in the photograph from the National Archives (image to the right).
There was even more land all around the lighthouse at one time, but it has been slowly eroding away through the centuries. Eventually the lighthouse itself with have to be moved to reflect the new reality sometime in the future.
Like it or not, the world is changing around us all the time. We just don’t live long enough to recognize the incredible changes that can take place.