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.
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Admission to the Museum and Tower
Adults - $5.00
Seniors - $4.00
Ages 6-12 - $3.00
Children Under 6, FHHS Members, & Active
military with I.D. are FREE
Tours Available May 1st - November
FHHS Tour guide
fee is $20 Minimum Charge - $20.00 + $4 per person
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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".