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Marblehead Lighthouse is now open for the season

Marblehead Lighthouse, Ohio
Marblehead Lighthouse, Ohio
Jack Ryan

Lighthouse enthusiasts will be delighted to hear that the Marblehead Lighthouse located at Marblehead Lighthouse State Park along the shores of Lake Erie is now open for the season and they are offering daily tours from the day after Memorial Day until the Friday before Labor Day. Don't miss your chance to climb to the top of the oldest lighthouse in continuous operation in all of the Great Lakes.

Marblehead Lighthouse Built in 1821 with a limestone exterior (now covered with a masonry finish), Marblehead Lighthouse offers breathtaking views of several Lake Erie islands. On a clear day you can even see the Cleveland shoreline. Inside the Lighthouse is a brick stack which was constructed in the late 1800's to raise the Lighthouse tower's height by an additional 15 feet and an iron staircase dating back to the early 1900's. It is a 77 step climb to the top of the Lighthouse.

Also on the grounds is the Keeper's house which was built in 1880 and was designed to house both the Keeper and the Assistant Keeper and their families.. The house now serves as a museum which visitors can tour.

Items in the museum include historical photos, a rare three and one-half order Fresnel lens, a scale replica of the Mackinaw ice breaker ship and artifacts depicting community life and industry in the area including quarrying, fishing and the early practice of medicine.

New additions to the museum include veneer-inlaid wooden boxes and chests made by Lucien Clemons (the first Keeper of the U.S. Livesaving Station constructed at Marblehead in 1876) and Lucien's pocket compass donated in 2013 by Clemons' great, great granddaughter.

Interesting Facts About the Marblehead Lighthouse Light sources at the Marblehead Lighthouse included whale oil and lard oil (1821-1858), coal oil and kerosene (1858-1923) and incandescent electric generators (1923-2013). Presently the Lighthouse light comes from a light- emitting LED diode.

And did you know that the Marblehead Lighthouse had the first female lighthouse keeper in the United States? And did you know that the Marblehead Lighthouse is the most photographed site in the State of Ohio. Well, now you do.

Tours of the Marblehead Lighthouse are currently offered from noon - 4 p.m. daily. Admission is $2 for adults and children 6 and older. Children under 6 are free. The last tour of the day is scheduled 15 minutes before closing. Special Note: Lighthouse Tower tours may be cancelled due to high winds, heavy storms or lightning.

For more information about Marblehead Lighthouse call 419-734-4424, Ext. 2 or get online at

Marblehead Lighthouse is located at 110 Lighthouse Dr. in Marblehead, Ohio. It is approximately a one hour drive from Cleveland.

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