Winthrop Maine Historical Society plans to host a talk by Jack Schrader, titled “Cobbossee Lighthouse: A Beacon for all on Ladies Delight Island in Winthrop, Maine,” from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 10, at the Winthrop History and Heritage Center, 107 Main St.

Cobbossee Lighthouse in 2022. Submitted photo

On Ladies Delight Island in Cobbossee Lake in Winthrop stands the white and black stone Cobbossee Lake Lighthouse, of which Schrader has been involved in the care for many years.

When he turned 4 years old in 1948, his family moved from New Jersey to Maine to live with his grandparents who ran Lakehurst Farm on Pond Road in Manchester. Lakehurst Farm was a boarding house and a busy place in which to spend a childhood, according to a news release from the society.

Jack Shrader Submitted photo

Schrader grew up around the lighthouse and, as an adult, was an active member and treasurer of the Cobbosseecontee Yacht Club. The club maintained the lighthouse until recently, when the Cobbossee Lake Association took over ownership of the island and the lighthouse.

In 2001, the lighthouse received a facelift and was placed on a new base. Constructed around 1906, Cobbossee Lighthouse is believed to be the only active inland waters lighthouse in Maine.

The lighthouse is powered by the sun and continues to light the way of mariners every night throughout the year.


The speaker series Zoom link is

The next WMHS business meeting will take place from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 3, at the center. The Zoom link is

All the society business meetings and the speaker series are free and open to all, and held at the center.

For more information, call 207-395-5199 or email



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