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Lighthouse Keeper's Daughter


The amazing story of a heroic woman—the keeper of Lime Rock Lighthouse in Newport, Rhode Island

The Lighthouse Keeper’s Daughter is the absorbing, painstakingly researched story of Ida Lewis and the fearless rescues she made at Lime Rock Lighthouse in Newport, Rhode Island. Born in 1842, Ida began tending the light at age fifteen after her father, the keeper of the light, was disabled by a stroke. When her father died in 1872, Ida’s mother assumed the role of lighthouse keeper but Ida continued to do the work. Then when her mother died in 1879, Ida was officially appointed to the job, where she remained until her death in 1911. 

By Lenore Skomal. Published by Globe Pequot Press, 2010. 168 pages, softcover.