Fairport Harbor Marine Museum and Lighthouse
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The Fairport Harbor
Marine Museum and Lighthouse

"The light that shone for 100 years"
1825 - 1925

News5 features the Fairport Harbor Lighthouse as a
"Hidden Gem"



The Fairport Harbor Marine Museum is the first
Great Lakes Lighthouse Marine Museum in the
State of Ohio , as well as the United States.

The museum, which also has a small gift shop, is located
at 129 Second St., Fairport Harbor, OH 44077.
For more information as to when the museum is open
call (440) 354-4825.

The Lighthouse and Marine Museum will be open on
Wednesdays, Saturdays, Sundays and all Legal Holidays from
Memorial Day Weekend thru mid-September.
Public Hours are 1:00pm - 4:00pm.
Preservation fee charged and includes admission to
museum, grounds and Lighthouse Tower.
Private Tours during non-public hours may be arranged by
appointment. Tours are available May 1-November 1. 
Minimum two weeks notice is requested. 
Forms available online or leave a message.

Fairport Harbor Lighthouse & Marine Museum
2022 Events Calendar

Friday Night Lights 8:00pm - 10:00pm
Enjoy an after hours museum visit & sunset tower climb,
May 27, June 17, July 22 & Sept. 9     Adults $10 Under 17 - $5
2022 Pre-register events starts mid-May.    
Call (440) 354-4825 or email: keeper@fairportharborlighthouse.org
Village Walking Tour & Lighthouse Visit with
Fairport Harbor Creamery Visit at Conclusion $16 per person - Program maximum is 18 per event.
Sunday June 12 4:30pm - 6:00pm &
Thursday August 11 (Full Moon) 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Sunset/ Full Moon Tour - Lighthouse Preservation Fundraiser
7:30pm - 10:00pm Tour, Raffles and other surprises TBD
Wednesday July 13th
Adults only - $20 donation per guest (25 max.)
Community Day - Sunday, September 25th
Harbor Holidays - December 3rd TBD
2021-2022 Visitors Photo Gallery


The museum was founded in 1945 by the Fairport Harbor Historical Society, which is devoted to preserving and perpetuating the historic tradition of Fairport Harbor and the Great Lakes area. The original lighthouse was completed in 1825. The tower stood thirty feet high, capped with an octagonal-shaped iron lantern. The lighthouse was accompanied by a two-story keeper's house.Due to deterioration the tower and keeper's house had to be replaced. Rebuilt in 1871, the tower now stands sixty feet high and has a spiral staircase of 69 steps which leads to an observation platform.In 1925 the light in the tower (a third-order Fresnel lens) was discontinued. It was replaced by a combination light and foghorn station which was built on the west breakwater pier head.

The museum houses a number of artifacts pertaining to life on the Great Lakes and other maritime exhibits. Attached to the museum is the former pilothouse from the Great Lakes carrier the "Frontenac". More info.......


A gallery of all the Virtual Content the
National Museum of the Great Lakes.

Local Lore by Max
every Monday and Thursday
in the News-Herald Blog
Timeline of
Fairport Harbor
The Fairport Harbor Lighthouse
is part of the
Lake Erie
Coastal Ohio Trail.

Ghosts of the Griffith:
Disaster on Lake Erie

The worst shipping disaster in Lake Erie’s history, a tragedy of heartbreaking human cost. The summer of 1850 was the scene of the fire on the steamer
G.P. Griffith, along the coast of Lake County, Ohio.
Click here for a video by
Ginnie Jeschelnig of the Lake County History Center


Current Map of Ships in the Harbor and Vicinity (zoom out to view the entire lake)



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