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The Fairport Harbor
Marine Museum and Lighthouse

"The light that shone for 100 years"
1825 - 1925
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LOCAL LINKS
DIRECTIONS
MEMBERSHIP
EVENTS

*Webcam coming
2014

Lighthouse
Lantern Launch

May 17th
7:30pm

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Summer Hours
Open on
Wednesdays, Saturdays, Sundays & Legal Holidays
1:00 P.M. to 6:00 P.M.
From the Saturday before Memorial Day
through the 3rd Weekend in September.
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Special Tours by Appointment

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Northeastern Ohio
Inter-Museum Council


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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.

               2014 FHHS Events Calendar

   
May 17 Lighthouse Lantern Launch (fundraiser) 7:30pm
June 6  Fairport Harbor Twin Lights Private Tour* (Fundraiser) 6:00pm
July 4-7 Mardi Gras Week (extended hours)
July 12 Sunset / Moonrise Private Tour* 7:30pm
July 25 Christmas in July (with Lake Metroparks)
July 25-27 InstaTour with the Lake County Visitors Bureau
July 27 Lighthouse Triathlon with Lake Metroparks
August 17 Third Annual Free Concert / FHLH Art Fest 1:00pm
Sept. 21 Community Day
October 8 Ghost Stories Full Moon Tour* (fundraiser)         7:00pm
Dec. 6 Harbor Holidays & Grinch Visit at Lighthouse     6:00pm
   
** Red Hatter Days* – every Wednesday afternoon in August and September
   
* must pre-register, spaces are limited to approx. 30

Admission to the Museum and Tower
Adults - $4.00
Seniors - $3.00
Ages 6-12 - $2.00


Children Under 6, FHHS Members, & Active military with I.D. are FREE

Tours Available May 1st- Nov. 1st
School Tours

(children & chaperones) $1.00 each + museum tour guide fee.
Adult Tours
$2.00 each person + museum tour guide fee.

FHHS Tour guide fee is $20   Minimum Charge - $20.00For more information E-mail

 

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.......

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