Sunday, July 09, 2006

The Grantsville lighthouse

Turns out the Noah's Ark replica under construction in our town of Frostburg isn't the only roadside Christian attraction with a misplaced nautical theme to be found in the mountains of western Maryland.

Just a few miles west of our Ark, a working lighthouse overlooks I-68, built in 1992 as part of the World Lighthouse Worship Center in Grantsville. The relevant scriptures, of course, include John 8:12: "I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life."

According to the church's website, The Grantsville lighthouse is a replica of the oft-photographed Peggy's Cove Lighthouse in Nova Scotia.

Around the lighthouse are boulders with the various roles of Jesus inscribed on them -- Prophet, Pastor, etc. -- and jutting from its base is a cross-shaped platform that affords a fine view of rural Garrett County. That's Sydney on the platform, below. Noting that the Frostburg Ark faces west, and hence the lighthouse, Sydney suggested that the lighthouse could be guiding the Ark safely home, a pleasing thought.

To get to the lighthouse, take Exit 19 from I-68 and take North Park Road (a frontage road) past the industrial park, then climb the church's switchback driveway.

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