The Harbor Beach Lighthouse Preservation Society continued to make great strides in 2017. We saw an increase in guests visiting the lighthouse. In 2014 we hosted 292 guests, 2015 saw 611 guests with the birthday celebration, in 2016 there were 460 people, and in 2017 we hosted 499 guests.? This year the most visible change is the construction of the fog signal building next to the lighthouse tower.? The construction spurred a lot of interest and many questions as well. Below are some of the questions that were asked.More
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Another successful season has gone by for the Harbor Beach Lighthouse. Five hundred guests came to see and hear about the jewel of Lake Huron. The lighthouse opened in 1885 and although it had remained unmanned for many years, it has been restored to its former greatness by the Harbor Beach Lighthouse Preservation Society. As guests came onto the breakwall, they looked in awe at the beauty of this structure. There on the breakwall they were given the history of the construction of the Harbor and the lighthouse. On the first level, guests were taken back in time to the early 1900?s as the docent explained how the lighthouse keepers lived. Onward and upward to the sleeping quarters, another docent showed the pulleys that turned the original lamp. The workroom docent, showed some of the tools they used. Then to the breathtaking views of the gallery, as the docent shared his knowledge of local stories and shipwrecks. Guests left with a new appreciation of the history of the lighthouse. It is the enthusiasm and knowledge of the docents that bring this to life for them.
Finally, thank you to our 2017 docents! The best part of tours are our amazing docents and how knowledgeable they are about the lighthouse. When guests return from their tour they are amazed at how much they have learned about the lighthouse, breakwall, and harbor.
For additional information about the 2018 Lighthouse Season, please visit the website in the spring.? Also if you would like to be a 2018 docent, let us know by using the contact form here.
Thank you again,
Annette Sweet, Tour Director
Our volunteers have started the construction of our new Fog Signal Building. This has been months in the making as the plans were created and the lumber needed was acquired and milled to specification. Progress should be steady as we approach opening day of our tours on June 24th.
If you wish to help fund this important project, please contribute here.
We are taking reservations for tours now. Tours are conducted Saturdays from June 24th through September 23rd. Reserve a slot here.