His passion is collecting, resorting old lighthouses


The newest owner of the Big Bay Lighthouse, Nick Korstad, is shown at the top of the lighthouse tower next to the beacon. (Photo courtesy of Nick Korstad)

By Deborah K. Frontiera
Nick Korstad fell in love with lighthouses back in middle school, after a talk given by a member of the Coast Guard. Right then, he decided he wanted to live in one, but it would take many years before he could act on that dream. First, he prepared himself for a career by studying social phycology, after which he worked for Marriott Hotels for twelve years.
In 2005, he took his first plunge into lighthouse ownership, buying the Wolf Trap Lighthouse in Virginia. Unfortunately, it didn’t come with a loan or grant for improvement—which it needed badly—and Nick didn’t have a money tree in his backyard. He was forced to give up that project and sell it.

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