There is a lot of interest in preserving lighthouses, even though they are no longer as useful and necessary as they once were. The most successfully preserved lighthouses have been transformed into museums or bed-and-breakfasts.
George Webster reports for CNN:
""These are worrying times for lighthouses," said Jeremy D'Entremont, president of the American Lighthouse Foundation. "Everyone loves them, but as far as the government is concerned, they're not exactly a spending priority."
According to D'Entremont, although about 75% of lighthouses are still operating as "navigational aids" in the United States, federal funding is now almost exclusively limited to the mechanical maintenance of the lights."