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      Celebrate 'National Lighthouse Day' on Sullivan's Island

      SULLIVANS ISLAND, S. C. (AP) -- National Lighthouse Day is being celebrated on the South Carolina coast at Charleston Light, also known as the Sullivan's Island lighthouse.

      Tuesday marks the anniversary of the day in 1789 when Congress passed a law to establish a system of lighthouses. The Charleston Light is 50 years old this year and the National Park Service is developing a management plan to preserve it for the future.

      The grounds, old Coast Guard quarters, and the boathouse of the Charleston Light are open to visitors from 10 a.m. through 2 p.m. But visitors are not allowed in the lighthouse itself because of the dangers from flaking lead paint.

      National Lighthouse Day is one of four days a year the lighthouse grounds are open to the public.

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