Nebraska City, Nebraska: John Brown's Cave and Secret TunnelsSubterranean stash-holes where abolitionist John Brown hid slaves on their way to Canada.
Entrance to Boston HarborGraves Light is now owned by a Boston area family that is restoring the historic landmark. Historic beaconWith its powerful first-order Fresnel Lens, Graves Light cast a 3.2 million candlepower beam. Engineering marvel of its dayBuilt under budget and on-time, Graves Light was an amazing engineering feat. Wreck diving off Graves LightGraves Ledge offers excellent diving, with the wreck of the SS City of Salisbury an easy dive for daytime explorers. Cleanup, preservation and restoration involve professional stonemasons and carpenters, and a lot of dedicated volunteers. Graves Light gets an inspection by helicopter after the federal government sold it in September 2013.
Welcome to the official home page of Graves Light Station, also known as Graves Light or Graves Island Light. Veteran broadcaster Dave Skill created a 5-part podcast series about the purchase and restoration of Graves Light. Each podcast is roughly two minutes long, featuring two Daves: The broadcaster with his folksy storytelling, and Keeper Dave of Graves Light. Arthur Milmore, the respected author and speaker, toured Graves Light Station with us last weekend.
He was a good friend of New England maritime historian Edward Rowe Snow, and is completing Snow’s unfinished book about the wreck of the Portland, the side paddle wheel steamship lost in 1898 with all 190 people aboard. In the greatest of Snow traditions, Art regaled us with seafaring tales and even installed a few of those bronze skylights in the lantern room. With his high school engineering education and his own imagination, Wyatt designs the stove for a small space with curved walls. The stovetop design: Wyatt measured the curve from the lighthouse radius, for fabrication from a sheet of half-inch-thick bronze. Randy and Pat are on the dock, enjoying a perfectly horizontal snowstorm as Winter Storm Lexi hits Boston. So we went out to Graves on Thursday to make a maintenance check and enjoy a mild winter’s overnight as the storm approached.
Both the lighthouse and our all-weather Defender-class former Coast Guard boat would be safe havens as the weather came down on us. We wore survival suits and each had pocket VHF radios in addition to our cell phones, and stayed in touch with another captain on shore.
One look at the heavy sea Friday morning was all it took to tell us to stay put in the lighthouse.

By late Friday afternoon, the seas and wind had diminished enough to let us make a break for home in our boat, although the seven-foot seas gave us a good pounding. In the picture above, Randy and Pat (a veteran boat captain) are on the dock enjoying a perfectly horizontal snowstorm. The keeper of the Castle Morro lighthouse in Havana, Cuba, shows us the original 1845 Fresnel lens. As authentic as it gets: Graves Light got an up-close look at the historic 1744 Castle Morro lighthouse in Havana harbor, Cuba, and saw an original Fresnel lens in about as original a state as possible. On a quick visit to the island last weekend, Graves Light keepers Lynn and Dave talked their way into the lighthouse just as the Morro keeper was reporting for duty. The lens was made in about 1845 by BBT Paris, the same manufacturer of the old First Order lens at Graves Light, which is now at the Smithsonian Institution. The keeper fired up the early hand-cranked motor that spins the lens, which still floats smoothly on its mercury bath. Each evening, the keeper withdraws the curtains and engages the mechanism to spin the lens. Our pal Bill from Hull snapped this shot today from his telescope showing sea spray at the 50 foot mark on the tower.
Chris, of Boston Scuba, discovered an original Graves Light porcelain door knob on the bottom of Boston Harbor. Discovering the original from under water let us install authentic replacements from a wrecking company.. Some of the clues to the faithful reconstruction of the interior of Graves Light have come from the bottom of Boston Harbor.
We had already restored the surviving interior door and built two copies on Nantucket, but we didn’t know what the original knobs looked like. The Nantucket artisans at Ackfire Studios are hard at work right now creating replacements for the missing heavy glass jewels embedded in the round bronze skylight frames. Alison MacDonald of Ackfire visited Graves Light in April to examine the job and take measurements. Now, the colored glass disks have been cut and are being cast in tiny molds within a large kiln. These glass pieces are reproductions of the missing original glass from the 1903 architectural design, and are copied from the remaining originals. Lots of springtime projects on our list, and one of the most important is installing the ladder at the end of the wharf.
Since kitchen space is the most precious, and the sea air corrosive of steel, conventional appliances just won’t work. After drawing out the exact curve of the interior wall of the watch room, Wyatt whipped up a curved stovetop design on his computer.

We’re modifying propane barbecue burners to fit under the top and will design a curved faceplate for the knobs. Next, we’ll start building a space-saving Murphy bed, whose mattress can be stored vertically when not in use, and pulled down flat for the evening.
Lexi moved unusually fast and hit harder than forecast, but it didn’t matter because we were high and dry in our stone fortress, nearly 100 feet above the waves.
As the ice and snow on the lighthouse and ledges shows, the wind was coming from the northwest.
Manually wound every 3 hours, the lens sits on its original pool of mercury for smooth rotation.
Lunchpail in hand, Enrizio, the friendly keeper, gave us fellow keepers a tour and took us up to the lantern room. Half the windows in the lantern room are cracked or broken out, but the lens produces a brilliant double white flash every 15 seconds.
Other than those panels and an electric lamp that uses a 70 watt halogen bulb, the entire apparatus appears completely original. By day, the curtains are drawn to prevent the sun from entering the lens and starting a fire inside. The missing glass jewels that form the skylights for the Watch Room ceiling and the floor pieces for the Lantern Room are now being cast. Here is the Ackfire crew cutting individual discs of glass which will be melted and formed in these little molds.
Submit your own tip.John Brown's Cave and Secret Tunnels Visitors can explore a turn-of-the-century village as well as the underground tunnel and caves beneath the cabin where John Brown had slaves hide en-route to Canada. No portion of this document may be reproduced, copied or revised without written permission of the authors. We secured it to the two base drawer units with brass fasteners (no rusty steel in the lighthouse environment) and stained it to match. And although it sounds un-neighborly, anyone on Graves Ledge without explicit permission is trespassing. The Mayhew Cabin and Historical Village (previously dubbed John Brown's Cave) is the only "National Park Service Underground Railroad Network to Freedom" site in Nebraska.

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