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Ladie's Delight - A Lighthouse Discovery...for Me Anyway!

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Postby vacastle » Wed Jan 28, 2009 7:38 am


Everyday is a new discovery for me or so it seems, since moving to Maine from down South. Yesterday, we're driving down the road not far from home, and Paul says,"Did you know there's a lighthouse near here? Look over to your left." We're driving by Lake Cobbosseecontee at Manchester, Maine.

So I looked it up on the internet, and sure enough, there it was on Jeremy's site:
Ladies Delight http://www.lighthouse.cc/ladiesdelight/history.html

New to me, but probably not to many of you. Pretty light, especially surrounded by a frozen snow covered lake.

I would suppose this one would be classified as a private aid, as it really was an aid to navigation at one time. What do you think?

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Postby vacastle » Mon Feb 02, 2009 7:51 am


The following information about Ladie's Delight was sent to me by a Mainer lighthousing friend who lives in the area. I thought the Woolworth connection kind of interesting:
In 1912 Mr. Woolworth, who owned the chain of Woolworth Stores (five and dime stores), built a very large summer estate in the area. He owned a luxury boat and loved to entertain guests on his boat, but over the years several of them asked, while out on the boat, if they were on the ocean. In 1924 he bought a small parcel of land on Lake Cobbesscontee and commissioned a contractor to build a small light house, so he could convince his guests that they were really sailing the ocean and not a lake. You have to realize that most of his guests werer from the west and mid-west, which was the area that the Woolworth Stores started in. He later deeded the property to the Lake Cobbessecontee lake Association, along with a perpetual fund for them to maintain this small inland lighthouse.
The estate also included a outstanding horse farm with some of the finest show horses of the time. The estate is still standing today in East Winthrop, and i believe maybe still owned by the heirs in the Woolworth Family.


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