A rare opportunity is coming to tour the privately owned Little Traverse Lighthouse this October with the Harbor Springs Area Historical Society. 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 have worked to restore the building and grounds of this important piece of Harbor Springs’ history.
With the generous permission of the Harbor Point Association, the Historical Society will host a public tour of the lighthouse on Saturday, October 14, 2017. Lighthouse tours are by reservation only and spaces are limited. Each docent-guided tour lasts for approximately an hour and includes a trip into the tower to see the fourth-order Fresnel lens and enjoy a stunning view of Little Traverse Bay. Outside on the grounds visitors can explore the original fog signal building and replica oil house. The interior of the lighthouse has been beautifully restored and features artifacts such as the original plans of the building as well as rare photographs of local maritime activity and social life in the Victorian era.
Tours run in half-hour increments throughout the day on Saturday and tickets are $40 per person; tickets are non-refundable. Each ticket also includes free admission to the Harbor Springs History Museum and discounted meal offerings at local restaurants. To reserve your spot please call the Historical Society at (231) 526-9771. Be sure to contact us soon before this amazing opportunity sells out!
The Little Traverse Lighthouse Tour is supported in part through underwriting from the Petoskey Area Visitors Bureau and through sponsorships from Stafford’s Hospitality, Harbor Springs IGA, Abent Pest Control, Lauer Pest Control and Gurney’s Bottle Shop with additional in-kind support provided by Tom’s Mom’s Cookies and Stafford’s Pier Restaurant.