Marblehead Lighthouse Historical Society

Marblehead, Ohio

Join us as we celebrate
our 200th anniversary 

We are the oldest continuously operating lighthouse on the
Great Lakes
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Watch the video below for a sneak peak of what you will find when you visit

 

ABOUT

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.

Upcoming events 

Saturday,Oct 8  9- 4pm
Marblehead Lighthouse Festival

Join the activities both on the lighthouse grounds and down in Lakeside to honor our beautiful lighthouse.  It has been a great summer of celebrations.  It is time to have one last celebration for the season.  Hope to see you there.

https://www.facebook.com/events/2600495123414646

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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.

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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 marbleheadlighthousehs@gmail.com. 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 Rosak - 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

Sponsors
  • $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

 

Grants 

  • 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

Advertisers
https://issuu.com/greatlakespublishing/docs/marbleheadlighthousebicentennial

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

Entertainment 
  • 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

Read some of the press we have been getting

February 2022
February 2022

February 2022 News Release

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Ohio Magazine - Outdoor Issue
Ohio Magazine - Outdoor Issue

Ohio Magazine article on Ohio Lighthouses (see pgs. 54-55

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Ohio Magazine Insert
Ohio Magazine Insert

Ohio Magazine flip book - Marblehead Lighthouse Insert

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Cleveland.com
Cleveland.com

May 2022 Travel Information in Cleveland.com

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May 2022
May 2022

May 2022 News Release

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Lighthouse Digest
Lighthouse Digest

Article appeared in the Lighthouse Digest May-June 2022 edition

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Toledo Blade Peach Section
Toledo Blade Peach Section

Toledo Blade Peach Section - June 11,2022

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Columbus Dispatch
Columbus Dispatch

Special travel article in the Columbus Dispatch 6/2/22

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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

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Lighthouse Tower
Lighthouse Tower

The Lighthouse tours are offered daily (weather permitting) from noon to 3:40 p.m. Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day.

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Lifesaving Station
Lifesaving Station

The construction of a replica of the 1876 U.S. Lifesaving Station was completed in 2016.

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Keeper's House
Keeper's House

The present Keeper’s House was constructed in 1880 and was home to 16 keepers and their families.

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Bricks
Bricks

The Marblehead Lighthouse State Park, with the help of the Historical Society, is currently selling commemorative bricks for the brick pathway.

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Hours
Hours

The Lighthouse and Museums are closed until Memorial Day weekend. Except for Lighthouse Festival Oct. 8

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Historical Society Members
Historical Society Members

Join the Marblehead Lighthouse Historical Society as a member or a volunteer.

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THINGS TO DO

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