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.? A continued effort of more than 25 years of restoration and renovation by the Harbor Beach Lighthouse Preservation Society, finally resulted in the first official tours of this historical structure.?? Tours were offered on Saturdays from 10am to 1pm, with a chartered boat ride by J-Lyn Charters and a guided tour of the breakwall and lighthouse, costing $20 per person.
The Harbor Beach Lighthouse is being restored to the 1900-1915 time period and also houses furnishings appropriate to that time.? Guides provided guests with abundant? information, helped with photo opportunites, including the favorite ?through the porthole? shot on the observation deck and also were able to answer questions about the harbor and Harbor Beach shoreline.
Almost 300 visitors took part in the Harbor Beach Lighthouse tours this season.? Guests came from far?Texas, California, Massachusetts, Florida?and near?Indiana, Illinois, Ohio?and from all parts of the state of Michigan.? Many remarked that they had been waiting for this opportunity, with ties to the area, or a devotion to lighthouses, this was an opportunity that they savored.? A family from downstate Michigan noted that they had seen our tour information in a ?sky mall? magazine on an Air Tran flight to Florida.? However we can spread the word, the universal interest of lighthouses in general and specifically? our historic Harbor Beach Lighthouse,? will ensure the tours to be a popular attraction for the City of Harbor Beach and the Harbor Beach Lighthouse Preservation Society for many years to come.
For additional information and the 2012 tour season, please call 989-479-9707 or contact the Harbor Beach Lighthouse Preservation Society at??????..