True 'family lighthouse' on Lake Erie

Fairport Lighthouse Museum celabrates naval history


There was a time when a lighthouse was the center of life for individuals who resided in its wake. Things have not changed much over time. The Fairport Lighthouse Museum on the shore of Lake Erie shows proceeding generations what life used to be like around the lake. Besides that, it also unites the community the way it always has.




An amazing structure and one of the first Lighthouse Marine Museums of the Great Lakes in Ohio. After all those years it still stands tall for all to see. Having events for the community at large, many holiday celebrations have become tradition for the residents of Fairport and beyond.


Fairport Lighthouse Lake Erie

The Fairport Lighthouse and the museum along the shore of Lake Erie. (photo: Fairport Lighthouse Museum)


Lighthouse doubled in height


Founded in 1945 the museum has continued to teach countless citizens about the rich history of the Lake Erie lighthouse. A light guiding many marine-men home. It also became a safe haven that brought families back together all around the Great Lakes area. The original structure was erected in 1825. Standing over thirty feet high and having the amazing architectural awe of an octagon shape. Aside the lighthouse, the keeper has a two story home for him to live.


Lighthouse foghorn

The original foghorn of the Fairport Lighthouse warned sailors on Lake Erie for decades. An important and impressive piece of machinery. (photo: Fairport Lighthouse Museum)


In 1871, due to deterioration of the original building, it was rebuilt and the height doubled to over sixty feet high. An observation deck was added with a steep climb of 69 steps. It gives visitors a bird’s eye perspective of the vast and endless Great Lakes waterways.


True family beacon


Although going through many transformations over the years, the rich history has been preserved. As has the museum that exhibits maritime artifacts from yesteryear. If you are visiting the area make sure to stop by and partake in one of the many celebrations. A great time for the whole family! Not only did a big part of past generations make a living traveling the waterways, the Fairport Lighthouse today still stands for family and community. A safe light to guide weary travelers home to their families.

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Light house saving vessel

Back in the days this was a state-of-the-art life saving vessel. Now it's a great piece of marine history. (photo: Fairport Lighthouse Museum)


Lighthouse summary:

Erected in: 1825

Location: Fairport Harbor, Lake Erie, Ohio 

Original height: 30 ft

Rebuilt after deterioration: 1871

Height after rebuilding: over 60 ft

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