Cape Canaveral Lighthouse Holds Groundbreaking Ceremony For Keeper’s Cottage Museum
By Space Coast Daily // April 2, 2018
Early settlers and pioneers at Cape is unique tale
BREVARD COUNTY • CAPE CANAVERAL, FLORIDA – The Cape Canaveral Lighthouse Foundation, along with invited guests, recently broke ground on the first of three replicas of the original lighthouse keepers’ cottages.
This first building will be a museum/display cottage staffed by experienced docents. It will display artifacts, interactive exhibits and historical information on the isolated lives of the families who lived on the Cape in the 1880s and 1990s.
The Air Force approved the license to build all the cottages in 2015 after extensive requirements were met. The Foundation has partnered with Hensel Phelps Company to manage the construction project.
Their expertise is invaluable and the Foundation is fortunate to have this relationship.
The Foundation extends its wholehearted thanks to the Tourism Development Council and Brevard County Commission for approving $500K in funding to bring this cottage to fruition.
“Building this museum cottage preserves the beginning of our story, and it’s upon that preservation that future generations will compose the end,” Rocky Johnson, President Cape Canaveral Lighthouse Foundation.
The education cottage, the next to be built, will focus on a broad range of topics; lighthouse keepers, Fresnel lens, Native Americans, citrus industry, maritime history and space program.
The early settlers and pioneers at the Cape is a unique tale that is an essential part of the legend of the lighthouse. Another accounting for future generations is the diverse and delicate ecosystem that begs to be told.
The Brevard County School Board and the Foundation developed an education program that provides a curriculum and tour of the lighthouse to fourth graders. This program is extremely popular with the schools.
“Thanks to the School Board for joining with CCLF to offer students an opportunity to learn first-hand the significance of the lighthouse,” said Johnson.
The third cottage, which will complete the historical integrity of the original configuration of the buildings that surrounded the lighthouse, has been designed as a replica cottage.
The cottage will showcase how the keepers and their families lived during their assignment at the Cape Canaveral Lighthouse. The Lighthouse Keepers’ homes have been researched for authenticity and the 1942 plans, received from the U.S. Coast Guard, have been duplicated.
“The Foundation extends its thanks to the U.S. Coast Guard for providing these documents,” said Johnson.
“The architectural and engineering drawings are ready for construction. The Foundation appreciates the efforts RZK Architects and Construction Engineering Group gave to this project for planning and designing all the cottages.”
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