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Bringing a glow to the night

By on February 22, 2021 in Uncategorized with 2 Comments

By Yvette Davis

Who says outside lights are just for Christmas time? Drivers on Maple Street in Wenatchee will now see lights year-round.

Greg Johnson, a plumber with Day & Night Plumbing in Wenatchee, has always loved a nautical theme. He’s been particularly fascinated by lighthouses. 

Luckily for him, the prior owner of his home — R D Campbell — left behind something special in the backyard: a light fixture made in Germany of copper and bronze that was just perfect to go atop a lighthouse. 

Greg just needed to build the base, but finding the time and parts was a process that took him nearly 25 years.

Finally he settled on plans to replicate a one-to-13 scale facsimile of the original Cape Henry lighthouse in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Built of stone in 1792 at a total cost of $17,700, the lighthouse was the fourth built in the nation, and the first one commissioned by the new United States under its fledgling constitution. 

Lightening damage to the brick and mortar structure prompted a second one to be built in 1881, but the original still stands today. 

Instead of bricks, Greg used 2×4’s and 2×6’s for the frame, and hardy board for the sides. He poured six bags of concrete for the base, and ran conduits underground for the wiring to run the lights. 

A 40-watt bulb adds the warm glow to the windows on the sides — four on one side and three on the other — just like the original. 

The remainder of the power runs the light that rotates eight times every minute and flashes like a real lighthouse would. During these dark winter nights, the light’s brilliance radiates for all to see.

With over 100 hours into the project, Greg is pretty proud of his artwork. 

He’s tried to make it as realistic as possible, adding steps and hand railings, and plans a faux door to complete the picture. But that won’t complete his yard, he said. He will continue to add driftwood, netting and Japanese glass floats, and is even considering a miniature tugboat. 

Ahoy mateys! 

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  1. Caroline DeWolf says:

    Great read.

  2. Haley Whitehall says:

    It caught my eye as soon as the lighthouse went up. I’ve always wanted to know this story!

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