Nestled between Toledo and Cleveland, the shores of the Lake Erie Islands possess a symbolic landmark that is known to all native Northern Ohioans. Protecting the waters since the early 19th century, the Marblehead light house is a must see destination when traveling near the area. The Marblehead Lighthouse Historical Society states that the Lighthouse is the most photographed site in Ohio.
According to the Marblehead Lighthouse Historical Society, the Marblehead lighthouse was built in 1821 and is “the oldest lighthouse in continuous operation on all the Great Lakes. This beacon of light continues to protect boaters from Lake Erie’s dangerous and rocky shore. The Marblehead peninsula overlooks part of what is often labeled the “Lake Erie Quadrangle.” The Quadrangle is known for being one of the most dangerous areas of the Great Lakes and is said to have had more deadly accidents than the Bermuda Triangle. Intense storms can form rapidly in this area. These storms can create dangerous conditions on the shallow lake. Numerous shipwrecks were occurring during the early 1800’s which eventually led to the lighthouse being built.
The Marblehead Lighthouse is an Ohio State park that operates in the small north central Ohio town of Marblehead and is a popular stop for those vacationing in Port Clinton, the Lake Erie Islands, or visiting Sandusky’s Cedar Point Amusement Park. Visitors are able to enjoy the park year round. Opportunities to tour the lighthouse as well as the museum located in the old keeper’s house are available Monday through Friday from the day after Memorial Day until the Friday before Labor Day. Hours of the tours are in the afternoons between 1:00-5:00. The museum and tours will not be given during inclement weather. Although the park is free, the tour and entrance into the museum will cost $2 for Adults and children over the age of six. Children six and under are free.
Visitors of all ages will enjoy the state park. Carefully explore the limestone rocky shores and enjoy the views of Cedar Point, Sandusky Bay, Kelley’s and South Bass Island. Picnic Tables are available and there is plenty of green grass available for an enjoyable family time. The park is kept very clean and has public restrooms.