Welcome to the Harbor Beach Lighthouse! In its third season of public tours, residents and visitors are flocking to Harbor Beach in Michigan’s Thumb on Saturday mornings during the summer for the guided tour opportunity. Beginning on June 22, 2013 and continuing through August 24th, tours of the 1885 structure are available from 10am to 1pm. The charter boat leaves from the Harbor Beach Municipal Marina every half hour. Experience the boat ride with harbor and breakwall information and spend part of your Saturday learning about the history of this community’s most recognizable landmark. Harbor Beach Lighthouse Preservation Society tour guides provide informative commentary, answer questions and even take photos, so don’t forget your camera. Make sure you don’t miss the “porthole” photo opp on the gallery level. It’s one of a kind and will make a wonderful souvenir memory to last a lifetime! We hope to see you this season. Reserve your spot today online at harborbeachlighthouse.org or call 989-479-9707 for additional information and phone reservations. Tickets are $20 and include a pass to the adjacent Grice Museum, home of the lighthouse’s original Fourth Order Fresnel Lens.
Standing proud and tall since 1885, the Harbor Beach Lighthouse has seen her share of Harbor Beach history. On June 5, 2013, there was another first at this community’s most recognizable symbol. Debbie and Bill Cardew, from Clifford, Michigan, exchanged their wedding vows before family and friends at the base of the lighthouse with the Rev. Mark Ryan officiating. It was a dream come true for the couple and the Harbor Beach Lighthouse Preservation Society was thrilled to have them choose Harbor Beach for their very special day. Best wishes to the happy couple and please come back to visit again soon!
Click over to the photo album to see a special gallery of the event.
What a glorious 2012 tour season this has been! For those of you planning to visit the Harbor Beach Lighthouse this summer, you have one more Saturday to get it done. Saturday, September 1 will be the last tour of the season. The weather has cooperated nicely, visitors have enjoyed the informative and inspiring history lesson and many are making plans for repeat visits with family and friends in 2013. Plan to be at the Harbor Beach Municipal Marina next Saturday by 10am to secure your spot…or better yet, register right now at harborbeachlighthouse.org. We look forward to meeting you!
The Lighthouse Gift Shop made its debut this season out at the lighthouse. Guests were treated to some fine souvenir shopping and with a purchase, contributed to the support and preservation of our lighthouse. If you wish you had purchased a certain item, or would like to see what we have to offer, watch for the launch of our new ecommerce shopping experience. We hope to have it up and running at harborbeachlighthouse.org real soon. Shipping will be via USPS Priority Mail or UPS Ground (our discretion due to size of order and shipping location) and we hope it will be a help for your upcoming holiday shopping. For local shoppers, a selection of goods will be displayed at the former Corner Store window and can be purchased from Pam Semp (989-315-1121). Thanks for your continued support of the Harbor Beach Lighthouse!
It was another great day for Harbor Beach Lighthouse tours…sunshine, blue skies and gentle breezes. Tour guides for the day were Laura Henderson, Brian and Diane O’Connor, Toni O’Neill, Scott Richardson, Andrea Schumacher and Annette Sweet. J-Lyn Charters, Janice and Kenny provide the transportation and another great Saturday tour in in the books. Make sure to plan your tour soon with advance registration and payment available here on this site. July is a busy month and we hope to see you soon at the Harbor Beach Lighthouse.
Friday, July 6 – Sunday, July 15, 2012
Experience the Noble Odyssey Foundation and its research and training vessel, “Pride of Michigan” up close and personal in Michigan’s thumb. Mark your calendar and plan to join your friends to learn about the Noble Odyssey Foundation’s mission of Exploration, Research and Education with projects related to the natural history of the aquatic environment, primarily in the Great Lakes. In the process, they develop maritime interests and skills of young people, such as Naval Sea Cadets of the Great Lakes Division. The lighthouse preservation groups of Port Austin, Pte Aux Barques and Harbor Beach will also showcase their wonderful pieces of nautical history with special events, tours and presentations for the public to learn about our local lighthouses. Read Entire Story
A beautiful stretch of summer weather graced the thumb of Michigan in 2011. While it appears the area is still struggling with the economic woes prevalent in many areas of the United States, the Lake Huron shoreline community of Harbor Beach experienced a new burst of excitement and enthusiasm. The summer was highlighted by the inaugural season of tours of the Harbor Beach Lighthouse. Read Entire Story