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Marblehead Lighthouse Historical Society

Marblehead, Ohio

We hope you come visit, but this is the next best thing!

Thank you to Shores and Islands Ohio, ODNR, and Marblehead Lighthouse Historical Society for bringing the webcam stream to you. 

We are the oldest continuously operating lighthouse on the
Great Lakes
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200th Anniversary Commemorative Ornament

Watch the video below for a sneak peak of what you will find when you visit



The Marblehead Lighthouse Historical Society is a non-profit organization formed to establish a museum for the preservation of the history of this unique village on the shores of Lake Erie and Sandusky Bay, with a special interest in its historic Marblehead Lighthouse.  We work in cooperation with and provide support for the Marblehead Lighthouse State Park, owned and operated by the State of Ohio.

200th Anniversary Celebration  Marblehead  Lighthouse

For all of the celebrations to happen at the lighthouse this past summer, many businesses and people contributed a great deal of time and money.  Please make sure to frequent the businesses who sponsored us and thank them for their generosity.  Also, thank some of the people listed for their time and effort as well.  It couldn’t have happened without them.

    It takes a village to celebrate a lighthouse.


A special thanks to :

Ohio Department of Natural Resources - Parks and Watercraft
  • Mike Monnett - Park Manager

  • Rodney Blevins - Park Groundskeeper

  • Meghan  Veeley - Park Naturalist and her crew

  • East Harbor employees who helped with many of the projects throughout the summer


The volunteers of the Marblehead Lighthouse Historical Society

There are 80+ volunteers who help staff the park each summer, including volunteers from Magruder Hospital

The volunteers have spent extra time and effort this summer welcoming the additional visitors to the lighthouse.  They staffed the US Lifesaving Station, Keeper’s House Museum and Gift Shop and sold tickets for the Lighthouse tours. In the past, they also raised money for projects such as the US Lifesaving Station museum and restroom facility that were donated to the State of Ohio.  In addition, many people worked behind the scenes to ready the park for the visitors, programs and concerts!

If you would like to be a volunteer or join our organization to help support the work we do, please contact us at Everyone is welcome!

The Marblehead Lighthouse Bicentennial Committee
  • Angie Kukay

  • Bob Cailor

  • Bruce Zavotka

  • Cindy Grimm

  • Cynthia Walker

  • Deb Cailor

  • Dennis Kennedy

  • Glenn Beachy

  • Julie Cook

  • Lee Walker

  • Linda Twarek

  • Lorrie Hablaub

  • Rose Lucas Haninger

  • Maureen Kennedy

  • Meghan Veeley

  • Mike Monnett

  • Sue Hartman

  • Tod Kelly

  • Tom Hartman

Program providers and support
  • Black River Astronomical Society - Star Party

  • Chuck Salmons - ODNR Geologist

  • Cory Nusbaum and US Coast Guard Station Marblehead

  • Dave Gill and David Peltier - Lighthouse Postmark

  • Destinee Hunt - Miss Mohican Valley  - Lighthouse birthday celebration

  • Dianne Rozak - Photography meet and greet

  • Erin Sandvick - Marblehead Peninsula Branch Library Storytime

  • Jacob Gill - US Coast Guard Auxiliary events

  • James Proffitt - Author meet and greet

  • King Baer Productions - Limited edition coloring sheets

  • Lea Mark - Summer art classes

  • Liberty Aviation Museum - WWII vehicle and flyover

  • Lorrie Halblaub and Dennis Kennedy - Historic topic presentations

  • Marblehead Merchants - Keeper Bingo

  • Rick Dziak - Plein Air Painters

  • Rose Lucas Haninger - Welcome Mural

  • Sue Bixler and Stone Lab personnel - Stone Lab presentations

  • Sue Hartman - Family activities

  • The Wunder Family - US Coast Guard celebration

  • Thomas deHaas -Danbury Local Schools - science activities

  • United Church of Christ - Dedication Ceremony

  • US Coast Guard Auxiliary Members - Coast Guard Week Activities

  • $10,000 

    • LaFarge

  • $5000 

    •  The Marblehead Bank

  • $2500

    • Shrock’s Marina

    • Crown Battery

    • Deb and Bob Cailor Charitable Trust

  • $1500

    • Bassett’s Market

  • $1000

    • Galley Restaurant

    • Mutach’s

    • Balconi Monuments and Countertops

    • Mike’s Dockside

  • $500

    • Civista Bank

    • Catawba Interiors

    • Metal Formed Goods

  • $250

    • Genoa Bank

    • Big Bopper’s Restaurant



  • Shores and Islands Ohio - $1680

  • Ottawa County Community Foundation  - $2500

Grants secured by the Firelands Symphony for their concert presentation

  • Mylander Foundation

  • Ohio Arts Council

  • SecureSight

  • The Albert G and Olive H Schlink Foundation


In kind gifts

  • Toft Dairy - ice cream for lighthouse and Coast Guard birthday parties

  • Marblehead Peninsula Chamber of Commerce - license for movie and projection screen

  • Sam’s Club- cupcakes for lighthouse birthday

  • Walmart - cupcakes for Coast Guard birthday

  • OK Rental - help securing tents and staging


Other donations

  • Ohio Department of Natural Resources- Division of Parks and Watercraft - Kickoff ceremony and monetary donation

  • The Lighthouse Resort - free parking

  • St. Mary Byzantine Church - use of parking lot

  • Firelands Symphony - a portion of the donations collected at their concert

  • Lorrie Hablaub - $100


A special thanks to Great Lakes Publishing for securing the advertisers and producing a beautiful insert

  • Beach Bums

  • Ferguson Gallery

  • First to Travel

  • Lakeside Chautauqua

  • Latitudes Cafe

  • Marblehead Estates and Yacht Club

  • Marblehead Galley

  • Marblehead Lighthouse State Park (ODNR)

  • Marblehead Soap Company

  • Marblehead Soda Company

  • Martha and Molly’s

  • Reesey’s Sweets

  • Rocky Point Winery

  • Shores and Islands Ohio

  • Spa Catawba

  • The Redfern Inn

  • Victory Cafe

  • Weichert Realtors - Morgan Realty Group - Tomi Johnson

  • Wolcott Keeper’s House

Silhouette Sponsors
  • Brown's Dairy Dock

  • Camp Runinmuck

  • Holy Assumption Church

  • Marblehead Peninsula Branch Library

  • Village of Marblehead

  • Martha and Molly's

  • Pickles and Chips Bakery

  • Rocky Point Winery

  • Pink Perch

  • Teriyaki Designs

  • The Marblehead Bank

  • Victory Cafe

  • Village Pro Hardware

Additional Venues
  • Danbury Local Schools - Assemblies 

  • Lakeside Chautauqua - Presentations

  • Marblehead Peninsula Branch Library - Presentations

  • St. Mary Byzantine Church - parking

  • Dan May

  • Firelands Symphony Orchestra

  • Fostoria Lake Plains Chorus

  • Island Song Trio

  • Moonlight Serenaders

  • The OSU Alumni Band

Food Trucks
  • Extreme Cuisine

  • Gaucho and Gringa

  • Jimmy G’s BBQ


New Sign Installed

Ever wondered how to order a brick?

How about find your brick?

A sign to help you with these two tasks has been installed near the compass rose.    

Thank you Keystone Ridge Designs for manufacturing such beautiful signs



Climb the Tower


Climb the 77 steps to the top.  Tickets for a given day are sold only at the tower beginning at noon.  Admission age 6 and up - $3 (cash).

Under 6 - free.

Visit the Museum


See the Fresnel lens and learn about the history of the lighthouse.

Free admission.

Learn about the Lifesaving Service 


Visit the Replica of the Lifesaving Station.  Look at the exhibits and imagine what it was like to rescue boats and sailors in distress.

Free admission.

Enjoy the Waterfront


From the Lighthouse property, you will have a great view of Kelley's Island, South Bass Island and Cedar Point.  The views are breathtaking.

Pack a Picnic 


The perfect place for a picnic.  Bring some food and spend some time.

Take some pictures


The Marblehead Lighthouse is one of the most photographed landmarks in Ohio.  Each day and season brings a new beauty to the park.

Climb the tower

Climb the tower

Visit the museum

Visit the museum

Learn about the Lifesaving Service

Learn about the Lifesaving Service

Enjoy the waterfront

Enjoy the waterfront

Pack a picnic

Pack a picnic

Take some pictures

Take some pictures

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