The annual 18th Great Lakes Lighthouse Festival of 2013 was held in Alpena, Mich., October 10 – 13. The event endeavors to “promote the historic lighthouses and life-saving stations of the Great Lakes through educating the public of the restoration, preservation, history and life of the Great Lakes lighthouse stations.”
This year Eagle Bluff Lighthouse was named Featured Lighthouse of 2014 and will be honored at next year’s event. “I was thrilled to learn of this special award,” said Patti Podgers, Eagle Bluff Lighthouse curator. “It was a total surprise, but a wonderful thrill for all of our staff, Door County Historical Society board and members. I am already planning for next year’s festival.”
Built in 1868, Eagle Bluff’s light was first lit on Oct. 15 of that same year. It has continually operated as a navigational aid ever since. Originally illuminated by kerosene, today the light is solar-powered and managed by the U.S. Coast Guard Station at Two Rivers, Wisconsin.
“Eagle Bluff is closed for the season, but we hope everyone will visit next year as celebrate our new found fame and celebrity. We may be short in stature, but we are tall in history. The stories of our three keepers and their families will enthrall all ages,” said Podgers
For more information visit eagleblufflighthouse.org.