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Marblehead Lighthouse State Park

 

Built in 1821, the Marblehead Lighthouse is still standing strong as the oldest lighthouse in continuous operation on all of the Great Lakes. Gracefully set on the rocky limestone shore of Lake Erie, this beacon and its adjacent keeper’s house became an Ohio State Park in 1998.

The tower’s illustrious history boasts the first female lighthouse keeper in the United States, a rare three and one-half order Fresnel lens and a functional iron staircase dating to the early 1900’s.  A masonry finish covers the original limestone exterior of the lighthouse.  Inside you will find a brick stack constructed in the late 1800’s to raise the tower’s height by fifteen feet. The commanding view from the top showcases several Lake Erie islands, a glacial alavar below and a view of the Cleveland shoreline on clear days.  The keeper’s house was built in 1880 and is now a museum staffed by historical society volunteers. A total of fifteen keepers have tended the light.  The United States Coast guard is now responsible for the maintenance of the beacon

 

Throughout the year nearly one million people visit the park and over twenty thousand will climb the 77 steps to the top.  Known as the most photographed site in the State of Ohio, it is also the favorite subject of countless artists.

The Marblehead Lighthouse State Park, with the help of the Historical Society, is currently selling commemorative bricks for the new brick pathway which will be added to the Marblehead Lighthouse State Park. The project was begun last spring. Funds raised will help make improvements to The Marblehead Lighthouse State Park. Two sizes of bricks are available. Order forms can be found inside the Marblehead Lighthouse State Park Museum, the East Harbor State Park Office, East Harbor State Park Camp Store, or can be downloaded in .pdf format below.

 

Click Here To: DOWNLOAD COMMEMERATIVE BRICK ORDER FORM

 

Related Sites:

http://www.eastharborstatepark.org/

http://www.ohiodnr.com/parks/marblehead/tabid/763/Default.aspx

 

 

 

Marblehead Lighthouse Historical Society

* P. O. Box 144 * Marblehead, Oh 43440

 

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