Grand Traverse Lighthouse Museum, Northport

Grand Traverse Light is a lighthouse in the U.S. state of Michigan, located at the tip of the Leelanau Peninsula, which separates Lake Michigan and Grand Traverse Bay. It marks the Manitou passage, where Lake Michigan elides into Grand Traverse Bay. In 1858, the present light was built, replacing a separate round tower built in 1852. The lighthouse is located inside Leelanau State Park, north of Northport, a town of about 650 people. This area, in the Michigan wine country, is known for its exquisite beauty and is a popular spot for tourists during the summer months.HistorySome call this "Cat's Head Point Light." It is also locally called Northport Light, in honor of the nearby town of Northport.The first version of this light, which no longer exists, was ordered built by President Millard Fillmore in July 1850. A brick tower with separate keeper's quarters was constructed at a site east of the present Lighthouse in the state park campground. This first house and tower were deemed inadequate and razed in 1858 when the present structure was built. Still visible is a portion of the lighthouse foundation and the original tower site was located in 1999.The 1858 light is listed in the National Register of Historic Places, Reference #84001799, Name of Listing: GRAND TRAVERSE LIGHT (U.S. COAST GUARD/GREAT LAKES TR). It is also on the State List/Inventory having been listed in 1991. Alpena, Michigan's Fourth Order Fresnel Lens is on display in the lighthouse keeper's house. The complex is listed as Michigan Registered Site S0615, and a state historical marker was erected in 1993.
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  • The Lighthouse is beautifully maintained by a team of caring professionals. Their special events such as Lobster Night; Haunted Lighthouse; and Christmas at the Lighthouse are not to be missed. The hi...  more »
  • There were only a few visitors on this Sunday afternoon in December, so we took our time and really explored the museum. This is an authentic 1858 lighthouse that has been meticulously restored with s...  more »
  • We visited this time during the special haunted lighthouse. It was supposed to be kid friendly and there were just a few things that young children could do. The rest of the tour was too scary for the...  more »
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  • Nice little lighthouse. You can climb to the top for a few dollars when it is open.
  • Excellent lighthouse and state park! The view from the top is incredible! Great volunteer staff! Heck, I might apply for lighthouse keeper program also! Great picture taking spot!
  • Our Visit was in the spring, the weather was still a little cool and the crowds were non existent, although the clouds were rolling in. The ride up from Traverse City was a pleasant ride along side of some truly Michigan Farmland and it took a little over and Hour.
  • Nice views of Lake Michigan. Calm place, but lots of people in fall and in summer as well.
  • Beautiful state Park. Visited both in the summer and winter. Must see.

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