With its exceptionally long coastline, Michigan quenches a lighthouse aficionado’s thirst for these beacons of the night. The state of MI supports lighthouse preservation with a grant program, providing restoration funds for volunteers who painstakingly repair these structures.
This lighthouse station was built in 1896. It is still a working lighthouse that is now automated. It is owned and maintained by the 40 Mile Point Lighthouse Society.
As soon as you enter the house, you are in this little kitchen, which has been stocked to resemble an earlier era.
My husband had a hoosier cabinet very similar to that white one in the house he rented before I married him. I really don't think I would like to cook on an old woodstove like that. Can't you just imagine all the work involved in making dinner in those days?
We were allowed to climb up 53 tiny winding metal stairs to get to the light on the top of the tower which is 52' high.
The light was so important to navigation that it could never go out during the summer navigation season. If it was ever extinguished —no matter what the reason, the keeper could be fired.
This is the view of Lake Huron from the tower.