Little Traverse Lighthouse Tour
Friday, Oct 1, 2021
– Saturday, Oct 2, 2021
12:00pm – 5:00pm
Registration for this tour is open to current members of the Harbor Springs Area Historical Society via phone, 231-526-9771. Public registration will open on August 2, 2021.
The Harbor Point Association and their Lighthouse Committee support the Historical Society by permitting us to host tours at their privately-owned Little Traverse Lighthouse. This year these tours take place on Friday & Saturday, Oct. 1 & 2. We are also thrilled to welcome Ric Mixter for a lecture titled “Offshore Outposts” on Friday, Oct. 1 at 7:00 pm. You can read more about the lecture at the bottom of this page.
Please read the following information before calling to book your lighthouse tour.
Each 75-minute, guided tour costs $60 per person. If you’d like to book a spot for Ric Mixter’s lecture as well, the combined cost is $75/each. Tickets are nonrefundable and payment must be made at the time of the reservation. If you are unable to use your tickets, your payment will be converted to a membership with the Historical Society. Reservations are being accepted via phone, 231-526-9771. Before calling, consult the available tour times below.
After you have made your reservation, you will receive an email confirmation. In the week leading up to the tour, you will be emailed all relevant instructions, tour rules, directions, schedule and parking information. There are no physical tickets, your name will simply be on our check in list at registration.
The tour takes guests through the grounds of the lighthouse, the main floor, kitchen, second floor quarters of the building as well as into the tower. The lighthouse building is not handicap accessible. Tours are not recommended for those who have difficulty standing, climbing stairs, or for children under the age of ten.
Ric Mixter’s – Offshore Outposts – Oct. 1 at 7:00 pm
Michigan is home to over 120 lighthouses, which not only mark harbors but also guide ships around underwater obstructions. These beacons are located anywhere that ships may travel, meaning many of them are in the middle of the Great Lakes, including the most remote lighthouse in the United States, Stannard Rock. It was here that an explosion ripped through a machinery building, killing the chief keeper and wounding a young electrician sent to the light to perform maintenance.
In an exclusive interview, Ric Mixter shares an eyewitness account of the man who was wounded in the explosion with his story of awaiting rescue on the deck with two other men. Ric also shares scientific missions now taking place on these remote outposts, including Spectacle Reef in the Straits of Mackinac. Stories from Lake Superior’s Huron Island are also a highlight of this talk.
Ric Mixter is a former president of the Great Lakes Lighthouse Keepers Association and a frequent contributor to Beacon magazine. This presentation is a must for lighthouse fans and people interested in how men survived working on these desolate towers.
Thank you to our sponsors!
Edward Jones – Randy Keys, Depot Dining Club, Coldwell Banker, Petoskey Area Visitor’s Bureau,
Trout Creek Condominium Resort and Lee Ford – In Memory of Fay and Larry Buhl
Little Traverse Lighthouse
Harbor Springs, Michigan