Pointe aux Barques Lighthouse, Port Hope

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The original Pointe aux Barques Lighthouse was constructed of stone taken from the shore of Lake Huron in 1848. The keeper's house and separate tower were located on a three acre clearing hacked out of the dense wilderness.

By 1857, the ravages of shoreline weather and a fire in the interior of the house created the need for a new structure. The new keeper's house and attached 89-foot tower were built of the finest brick available. The light is still an active aid to navigation, making Pointe aux Barques one of the oldest continuously operating Lights on the Great Lakes.

In 1875, a Class A lifesaving station was constructed 300 yards south of the lighthouse. It was the first lifesaving station opened on the Great Lakes. The 62 year history of the station credits over 200 rescues to this station and its brave crews. The Thumb Bottomland Preserve surrounding Pointe aux Barques contains 105 known wrecks, reflecting the danger posed by shoals surrounding Pointe aux Barques.

The Pointe aux Barques keeper's house and tower have been completely restored and contain historical artifacts from a bygone era. The Museum is open to the public free of charge and donations are kindly appreciated to help fund the Society's projects.
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  • Wonderful Lighthouse worth a visit. Very helpful staff. They also have a Gift sShop. There is also a play ground. RESTROOMS️  more »
  • This lighthouse was very pretty and well kept. It also had a really cute, quaint museum that really reminds you of things you have seen in homes of people in past generations. I really enjoyed it.  more »
  • If you are looking for quiet relaxing enjoyment, this is a wonderful spot. The lighthouse is located in the midst of a beautiful park. The views of Lake Huron are gorgeous. No $$$ to walk around and r...  more »
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  • It's a nice lighthouse with plenty of open space around it. Plenty of amenities and space for large and/ or small events. In the summer, there is a museum and you can go inside and up to the top.
  • Very cool Historic Landmark if you're in the area definitely recommend stopping and checking out. They do tours up to the top of the lighthouse for small fee.
  • Beautiful lighthouse, but you can't go in it. Unlike most other states that still allow you to go up into the lighthouse. This one does not.
  • Beautiful views, great knowledgeable staff and easy to find. We really loved the fact that you could climb the 86 steps to the top of lighthouse. Definitely worth the visit.
  • Very cool lighthouse. One of few in the area that you can actually go visit. On certain Saturdays, you can go up in lighthouse. Museum is free to visit, donations accepted. Small museum but neat artifacts. Gift shop is quite small. Worth the drive for the scenary if in the area. Can't really walk through beach at lighthouse, as it's large rocks into the water.
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