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The Point Vicente Chapter was organized on December 4, 1985.
Elizabeth Truesdail was the chapter's first regent. The chapter's name
was chosen because of its proximity to the beautiful Point Vicente Lighthouse.
Most members are from the Palos Verdes, California, area; however, some
members are from other areas as well. Local residency is not a requirement
for membership in the chapter.
The Point Vicente Chapter meets September to June at various times to
accommodate busy members; four Saturdays, two Monday evenings and three
Monday afternoons encourage attendance. We also hold educational field
trips on a varied schedule. You are invited to attend any of our meetings
- please contact
We welcome any woman for membership who is over 18 years
of age and who is descended from a man or woman who aided in achieving
American Independence during the period between April 19, 1775, and November
26, 1783. Information on membership in the DAR can be found
The History and Legend of
Point Vicente Lighthouse
The Point Vicente Chapter
took its name from the Point Vicente Lighthouse which is situated on a
cliff 185 feet above the sea on the beautiful Palos Verdes Peninsula. The
lighthouse is 67 feet tall and was built in 1926 after shipmasters
petitioned the United States government, because navigators feared this
dangerous stretch of coastal water.
The tower was made of
reinforced concrete and equipped with a 1000-watt bulb which made the
brightest beacon in Southern California. During World War II, the
1000-watt light was replaced by a tiny 25-watt bulb and special curtains
were hung ready to block the light if necessary.
The lighthouse was manned
until 1971, when automated equipment and remote control took over and
removed the personal touch. It is still operated by the Coast Guard.
Almost since the day it was
built, the lighthouse has been the subject of persistent ghost stories.
Some people still claim that a female ghost in a long, flowing gown can be
seen in the tower.
Near the lighthouse,
visitors may gather at the Point Vicente Interpretive Center for a glimpse
of the area’s history and perhaps to spot a passing whale.
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