As night descends over the Door Peninsula, the lamp shines at Eagle Bluff Light Station. As its beam brightens the night sky, voices from the past whisper in the dark, echoing their stories. The Door County Historical Society invites guests to delight in the tales of the keepers through story, song and poetry at the Eagle Bluff Light Station for Twilight Tours, Tunes & Tales on Oct. 6, 6-8:30 pm.
The Northern Door Storytellers Guild will be in residence to share tales of the sea and lighthouse lore, perform traditional music, and recite legends in verse. The Northern Door Storytellers Guild evolved from a storytelling class at The Clearing Folk School in 2007. “Our mission is to bring folk stories to the Door County community,” said Guild founder Lloyd Michalsen. “The Eagle Bluff Light Station provides a great setting to maintain that mission.”
“We are excited to continue the tradition of opening the light station to guests after dark and to be working with such a talented and fun group,” said Linda Faust, Eagle Bluff Light Station manager. “To offer this family-friendly experience to our visitors is a real treat.”
Eagle Bluff is celebrating 150 years of maritime history this year. The lamp was first lit 150 years ago on Oct. 15, 1868, and has continued to serve as a navigational aid ever since. Manned as a residential light station for 58 years, the three keepers who lived in the Milwaukee City cream-colored brick building were dedicated and diligent.
Peninsula State Park is home to Eagle Bluff Light Station on Shore Road; a park sticker is required for entry. Admission fees are $10 for adults, $6 for youth 6 through 17. Children 5 and under are free. Warm clothing is recommended. Groups of 5 or more are encouraged to call 920.421.3636 for reservations and to make payment in advance. For more information about this and other programs of the Door County Historical Society, call 920.421.2332.