Nautical Wind Spinners and Windchimes: Lighthouses

by CruiseReady

Lighthouse wind chimes and wind spinners make fun and colorful accents for your patio, lawn, or garden. Some may have been inspired by the red and white striped Assateague Light.

Lighthouses in the wind! For lighthouse lovers, what could be more charming than watching as a breeze plays with a little lighthouse on their porch, patio, or in their garden?

Wind Spinners do just what their name says. They spin or whirl in the wind, and are often made of a reflective material so that reflecting light 'dances' with their movement.

Wind chimes, of course, make a tinkling sound in the breeze, which some people find quite comforting.

Some of these nautical yard decorations are just fanciful representations, while others have been inspired by real beacons. Some of those that have that classic red and white striped lighthouse look may have been inspired by the recently restored Assateague Light, on the island of the same name. I've included a little information about it for you, why it's now two miles farther from the shore than it used to be , and when you can tour it.

The lighthouse chimes and spinners showcased here are natural components for a nautical decor or a coastal decor. Whether you choose a lighthouse wind spinner, or a set of lighthouse windchimes, you'll have a nice outdoor decoration that will enhance your enjoyment of your special space

The Red and White Striped Assateague Light

Inspiration for Lighthouse Home Decor
Assateague Light
Assateague Light

A Classic Red and White Lighthouse Tower

Lighthouses are painted in special identifying color schemes.  The color and flashing characteristic of the light when it shines at night allows mariners to identify which light they are seeing.  In the daytime, each one's unique paint scheme does the same thing.

At night, the beacon on Assateague Island, just off the Virginia coast, emits a double flash at five second intervals.

During daylight hours, the tower of the lighthouse is easily identified by its wide red and white horizontal stripes.  This particular tower has a classic look that many people think of when they hear the word "lighthouse."

Sometimes, this unique paint scheme is referred to as the light's daymark.  However, techniquely, a daymark is a non lighted structure that serves as an aid to navigation.  Some decommissioned lighthouses now serve this purpose.



Lighthouse Wind Spinners


Installing A Wind Spinner

The beauty of a wind spinner is most apparent when it spins, powered by a gentle breeze.  That's when the color and shine really comes alive.

Many of these pretty little yard decorations are designed with multiple outer rings of color.  For optimal spinning, fan out these outer rings so that your spinner can catch the wind coming from any direction.  

Then, use a swivel hook (included in many cases) to suspend it from an overhead location.  If a lower height is desired, hook the swivel to a small length of  swivel chain to extend the distance from the overhead support.

If you need extra swivel hooks or special swivel extension chains, there are some near the bottom of this page.

Red or Blue Swen Swirly Spinner

Made in the USA
LIGHTHOUSE NAUTICAL Swirly Metal Wind Spinner

American Made Swen Products

 If you want to buy a pretty lighthouse wind spinner, and buy American at the same time, here's your chance.  Swen Products is a family buisness, headquartered in a small town in North Dakota.  They focus on quality hand made products.  

This lighthouse spinner is one of Swen's newer items, and it comes in blues, like the one shown here, or reds.  

So, if you're looking for something for a lighthouse collector, they probably don't have one of these!

Exterior View of the Assateague Light

Here are some nice exterior views of the Assateague Light, starting with an approach via a walking trail, and then up close views.  There are even some lovely areal shots of structure here, from both farther away, and right up close.

You may be struck, as I was, at how much it looks like an tiny old red country church, with a colossal steeple

More Nautical Wind Spinners

Here area two more beautiful wind spinners with lighthouse themes.

One has a colorful ocean scene, including sailboats and seagulls, on its outer rings.

The other is perfect for the outdoor space where you don't have an appropriate place for hanging something.  It's the famous Cape Hatteras Light on a garden stake, with a yellow spinner attached.

Colorful Coastal Spinner and Cape Hatteras Light Spinner Top Garden Stake

Stainless Steel Wind Spinner, 12" Lig...In the Breeze Hatteras Lighthouse Spi...


About the Assateague Lighthouse


Assateague - The Lighthouse

That Sits on Land That Grew

The Lighthouse on Assateague Island sits nearly at the island's south end.  Nearly -by two miles.  But, it wasn't always that way. Assateague Light Before Restoration

Built in the 1860's to replace a shorter structure, the lighthouse was at the south shore of Assateague Island.  It didn't move.  The land grew out into the water over the ensuing 150+ years.

But, it could be said that what mother nature gives, she can just as easily take away.  That happened on another part of the island.  To the north, the water got its revenge.  

In 1933, a hurricane cut through the island, breaking it into two land masses.  The resulting channel was enforced with jetties, and is now used for navigation.

So it is that a lighthouse that once sat on the southern edge of a larger island now sits two miles in, on a smaller island.

The Lighthouse in 2007, before restoration

That beacon was first lit way back in 1867, and has been automated since 1933, the same year the hurricane cut the island in two.

It continues to be an active aid to navigation today. 


Lighthouse Wind Chimes


Windchimes are Nothing New

That old saying about there not being anything new under the sun is certainly true when it comes to wind chimes.  These popular little tinkling gizmos are not a recent invention.  In fact, even the Ancient Romans enjoyed bronze ones.  In Asia, they have been used in some form for a couple thousand years.  

Over the years, man has found that many different materials can be used to fashion these little ingenious little items to produce a tinkling, clanging, ringing, or even melodious sound.

Today, you'll find them made using a variety of materials, including metal tubes, wood (especially bamboo), glass, and clay.  And they produce a variety of sounds and tones.

Though most of them are made with outdoor spaces in mind, they can also be used indoors where they are customarily hung near a window.

 You may even see the occasional set of chimes that's made for an indoor space.

Visiting the Lighthouse

in the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge

Assateague Today

Today, the Lighthouse has been restored, and is open to the public on certain days.  

It sits on the island for which it is named, in the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge.  You'll find the island just off the eastern coast of Virginia.  It's also near NASA's Wallops Flight Facility, which you can see from the top of the tower.

You can SEE it any day the wildlife refuge is open to visitors.  

You can go inside and climb the tower only on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. during the months of April through October.

If you can't get there in person right now, a video tour, including a tower climb and a view from the top follows.  If you are able to turn on the audio, do so.  It fun to listen to.

How it looks as of 2015

Climbing the Tower

In the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge

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to Sail Past Your Lighthouse

If you've found the perfect lighthouse for your yard or patio, you might want to carry your nautical theme a little farther.  Sailboats might be just what you are looking for. 

Add a spirit of nautical adventure to your life with outdoor sailboat decor, whether you're a regatta spectator or as adventurous as Joshua Slocum.
Updated: 06/03/2016, CruiseReady
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CruiseReady on 09/19/2015

Seeing a lighthouse as you sail, motor, or cruise along seems to always give you a feeling of comfort and safety.

DerdriuMarriner on 09/18/2015

CruiseReady, Thank you for lighthouse-themed wind-chimes and wind-spinners. Decorating porch fronts and yard trees with them may be seen as a way of remembering lighthouse-keepers and thanking them and their structures so that we may travel in safety and with the assurance of help in case of trouble along the coasts.

CruiseReady on 09/12/2015

Thank you! Lighthouse really are fascinating.

Mira on 09/11/2015

I didn't know windchimes were that old in the Western world. Nice piece. I enjoyed your comments on lighthouses as well.

CruiseReady on 09/09/2015

Thank you, blackspanielgallery

blackspanielgallery on 09/09/2015

Excellent collection.

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