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.
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.