Don't miss your chance to see the privately owned Little Traverse Lighthouse this October during the Harbor Springs Area Historical Society's public tour. Constructed in 1884, the lighthouse operated until 1963 when it was decommissioned by the U.S. Coast Guard and returned to the ownership of the Harbor Point Association. Beginning in the early 1990s, the association and its lighthouse committee worked to meticulously restore the building and grounds of this important piece of Harbor Springs' history.
The Historical Society's tour on Saturday, October 4, 2014 will include a bus ride to the lighthouse property at the tip of Harbor Point and a 45-minute tour led by experienced and friendly docents. There will also be time to explore the grounds of the lighthouse and its many points of interest, such as the recently added replica oil house, rare photographs of local maritime activity and social life in the Victorian era, the fog bell tower and mechanical striker, and the original light tower and fourth-order Fresnel lens.
Tours run in half-hour increments throughout the day on Saturday, October 4, and tickets are $30 per person; tickets are non-refundable. All proceeds from the tour support the Harbor Springs Area Historical Society's mission and programs. Please note that only a limited number of tours are still available. Call soon to reserve your spot before this amazing opportunity sells out.
On Friday, October 3, the Historical Society will host Terry Pepper, director of the Great Lakes Lighthouse Keepers Association, at 7:15 pm for a special presentation entitled "A Jewel in the Sand." The talk will be held at the Harbor Springs History Museum at 349 E. Main Street, Harbor Springs, with a wine and cheese reception prior to the talk. A limited number of tickets for Pepper's talk are being sold in combination with the lighthouse tour tickets for $45 per person. As space is limited, reservations for the talk alone are not being accepted at this time.
This tour is made possible with support from Abent Pest Control, Gurney's Bottle Shop, Lauer Pest Control, Stafford's Hospitality and the Petoskey Area Visitors Bureau.
Don't miss this special tour of the Little Traverse Lighthouse. Call the Historical Society today to make your reservations at (231) 526-9771.