Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Featured Lighthouse #13- Old Mission Point

The picturesque Old Mission Point Lighthouse was built in 1870 to warn ships away from the dangerous shoals at the tip of the Old Mission Peninsula in Grand Traverse Bay, but was replaced by an offshore beacon in 1933. Perched atop a low bluff overlooking the rocky shore, the lighthouse is open for tours daily during spring, summer and fall, and it is the centerpiece of an attractive park with popular beaches, historical exhibits and extensive hiking and skiing trails and is a popular stop for sightseers exploring the Peninsula’s many wineries. Like the Grand Traverse Lighthouse, it has a volunteer lighthouse keeper program, providing opportunities for lighthouse-lovers to live and work in the facility. 

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