Presque Isle Light Station Corporation


In July 25, 2014, an historic event occurred with the transition of the Presque Isle Lighthouse from a private residence for park staff to a public building for visitors to learn about the rich maritime history of Presque Isle State Park.

The newly formed Not-for-Profit Presque Isle Light Station Corporation signed a thirty-five year lease with the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR).

This action will allow for the restoration of the site, which is on the National Register of Historic Places. Visitors now have the opportunity to tour the lighthouse on a regular basis during the summer season. You can support the restoration process by making a donation, becoming an annual member, or visiting the lighthouse.

The restoration plans for the lighthouse have begun. The goal is to complete several major projects in the next three to five years at an estimated cost of $1.5 to $2 million plus dollars.

This project was undertaken by members of Presque Isle Light Station in cooperation with the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, and the National Park Service. We also work in collaboration with the Presque Isle Partnership and Tom Ridge Environmental Center to enhance all visitors’ experience at the park.

 

MISSION STATEMENT

The purpose of the Presque Isle Light Station Non-Profit Corporation shall be to establish and support efforts in the restoration and preservation of the Presque Isle Lighthouse to a period of significance; to acquire and maintain safe keeping of the buildings/grounds, artifacts and historical records of the Presque Isle Lighthouse; to create educational and recreational opportunities that accurately interpret the maritime history of the Presque Isle Lighthouse for the public and preserve it for future generations.

new wood fence ligthouse

2015 SUMMER SEASON HIGHLIGHTS

  • Lighthouse open on weekends and for special  events on the park.

Special thank you to the volunteers who made the Presque Isle Lighthouse “shine” for all of the visitors in the 2015 season.

2016 SUMMER SEASON HIGHLIGHTS

  • Lighthouse was open five days a week, Thursday through Sunday, from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm.
  • Chain link fence was removed.
  • Quotes for exterior jobs researched for tight-board fence construction, landscaping and seeding the lawn, installation of sprinkler system and outdoor spotlights for house and flagpole, plus the erection of a flagpole.
  • The Lighthouse accepted several reservations to host special events on the Lighthouse grounds.
  • Public restrooms completed, but were not open to public.
  • The sidewalk parallel to road, from the east courtyard with gazebo, past the rest rooms to the lighthouse was poured late in the season.
  • Cottonwood trees on north side of the house on the beach dunes were removed by the DCNR. They had grown too tall and compromised the Light’s signal out onto the lake.
  • After-season picnic held for volunteer staff. Holiday party held for Board members and volunteers.

2017 SUMMER SEASON HIGHLIGHTS

  • Record number of volunteers trained to “work” at the Lighthouse.
  • Permanent signage posted on Presque Isle to alert visitors to visiting hours. Park sign installed at driveway along roadway.
  • Lighthouse opens for seven days a week from Memorial Day to Labor Day, from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. Open weekends only throughout September, including October 1st.
  • Concrete basketball pad and merry-go-round removed.
  • Tight-board fence and gates installed.
  • Lawn landscaped, refurbished with sterilized soil/peat,  and seeded.
  • Sprinkler system for the lawn installed.
  • Flagpole erected and flag raised.
  • New “old-style” sidewalks poured, with pea gravel in the mix. Walks were sealed to maintain beauty.
  • Exterior spotlights installed on north and south exposures, plus at the flagpole.