My illustration, ‘The Highland Lighthouse Visitors’. Our mice characters are out on Christmas eve, enjoying the view of Highland Lighthouse in North Truro, MA. on Cape Cod, when they hear bells from a sleigh and see a red beacon in the distance.
My great-great-great grandfather, Isaac Small, was the landowner and first lighthouse keeper of Highland Light (also known as Cape Cod light) which is also the first lighthouse on Cape Cod.
Highland Lighthouse, went into service 221 years ago.
On November 15, 1797 before sunset, Lighthouse Keeper Isaac Small climbed to the top of the 45-foot octagonal wooden tower. Keeper Small lit the fifteen Spider Lamps (open containers with wicks) fueled by whale oil.
Isaac Small remained lighthouse keeper for many years and later, his son became the lighthouse keeper there and also his grandson was lighthouse Keeper at Highland Light as well.
This illustration features the characters in my current work-in-progress children's book, they will have many adventures near (and at) the Highland Lighthouse in North Truro on Cape Cod.
Inspired by the families of mice creating their own stories in the woods (and houses) across the land!
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