The original Pointe aux Barques Lighthouse was constructed of stone taken from the shore of Lake Huron in 1848. The keeper's house and separate tower were located on a three acre clearing hacked out of the dense wilderness.Before you head to Port Hope, plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly Port Hope trip planner, to make sure you see all that Port Hope has to offer, including Pointe aux Barques Lighthouse.
By 1857, the ravages of shoreline weather and a fire in the interior of the house created the need for a new structure. The new keeper's house and attached 89-foot tower were built of the finest brick available. The light is still an active aid to navigation, making Pointe aux Barques one of the oldest continuously operating Lights on the Great Lakes.
In 1875, a Class A lifesaving station was constructed 300 yards south of the lighthouse. It was the first lifesaving station opened on the Great Lakes. The 62 year history of the station credits over 200 rescues to this station and its brave crews. The Thumb Bottomland Preserve surrounding Pointe aux Barques contains 105 known wrecks, reflecting the danger posed by shoals surrounding Pointe aux Barques.
The Pointe aux Barques keeper's house and tower have been completely restored and contain historical artifacts from a bygone era. The Museum is open to the public free of charge and donations are kindly appreciated to help fund the Society's projects.
Pointe aux Barques Lighthouse Reviews
Nice quiet location, small museum, small gift shop. Convenient parking, a picnic table. There's a park and campground. No one was present in the museum or gift shop but it was still interesting to wan... more »
Beautiful spot to just sit and relax. Took a cooler, book, chairs, and Vege Out. Watched the freighters go by. more »
It's a nice little museum and park. There are some interesting local artifacts at the museum as well as some interesting information about shipping and the lighthouse when it was in operation. Worth a quick stop on the way up the coast.
Love the history behind this place. Very cool museum and well taken care of! Would have liked to go up in the lighthouse but it's only open a few times a year for visitors. Highly recommended 😀
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