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Grand Traverse Lighthouse Museum, Northport
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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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  • Took our grandson for the train exhibit this week end and while he enjoyed the big Thomas on display, what he really enjoyed was the mini train display he could play with next to the kitchen in the li...  more »
  • I grew up traveling through the midwest, visiting forts, sites of battles, Oregon trail memorials, and monuments. They are primarily educational, thorough, and complete. This lighthouse seemed lacking...  more »
  • We loved visiting the Haunted Lightlight this past weekend. They out did themselves and we had a fantastic time! 
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  • Everything is awesome. Definitely come when the lighthouse tours are open!
  • Awesome must see spot in Leelanau County. Great historic lighthouse, camping, and museum.
  • Lighthouse is pretty cool to climb up and see the view. Very small, tight quarters but worth $4. And the water and rock covered trails near it, are incredible. The views are awesome.
  • Well preserved and a great historic building with lots of information. Good hiking nearby!
  • Not worth the drive from traverse city to this place..agreed the museum is good...but then there is a fee for everything......starting from 9 dollars for parking which they say is for out of state license cost.....