Readers of It’s Just Life know of my love of lighthouses. If there is a lighthouse in the area you will find us checking it out. Chris and I have always loved lighthouses and have frequently planned a vacation around locations where we can view several.
Surprisingly with all of our trips to Lakeside on Lake Erie we had never really even looked up the Port Clinton lighthouse but in June we made a day trip to explore a bit and took some time walking around and viewing this cute little structure.
Apparently the lighthouse was moved to this location in 2016 after an extensive restoration which explains why we never saw it. It had been sitting on private property alongside the bank of the Portage River. The owner believed it should be should on the shores of Lake Erie once again so he decided to transfer ownership to the city.
Port Clinton Lighthouse Conservancy was formed and they took over as owners and began the process to restore the lighthouse. Community efforts and donations made the restoration complete and the rest is history. Just a couple of weeks ago the boathouse that was associated with lighthouse was relocated to the site as well so Chris and I will have to make another trip next year to see that.
The landscape around the lighthouse is a little rocky and allows for vegetation to grow and creep in and out of the crevices which I find pretty beautiful.
Another fun event associated with the lighthouse is the now annual Lighthouse Festival which was held this year on August 4th.
I can imagine that it was a really great day with a lot interesting vendors and historical talks being given. Small communities like Port Clinton have some great little festivals and I am sure this one will be one that brings in a lot of tourists as the years go by.
I love it when communities come together to save a building or something that has historical significance. This lighthouse is a perfect example of that and I applaud Port Clinton for a job well done.
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