I took my kids and “my kids” on a road trip to Marblehead to see something that won’t be there after this season (more on that in a later post). Parts of it were and were not what I expected. So, after we got back to the truck, I pulled out an Ohio atlas that was given to me earlier this year (THANKS LISA!!!), and looked to see if there was anything worthwhile in the area since we were about an hour from home. Lo and behold, about 10 minutes down the road was the Marblehead Lighthouse. ‘Dudes, we are going to check this out.’
So, ten minutes down the road and I pass the State Park. It’s gotta be close, right? Um, yea, so close that it’s IN the park. Sorry, didn’t see the sign, only one that said State Park. In my defense, I was distracted by St. Mary’s Byzantine Catholic Church, which is in the same eparchy as my church, and the 3-bar cross is what caught my eye.
ANYWAY, sorry, seeing the Marblehead Lighthouse was a highlight because some fellow Flickr photographers have shot this lighthouse numerous times, and I never really checked to see where it was. Pulling into the park and seeing that it was THAT lighthouse brightened my day. So, hope this brightens yours. The view was fantastic!
Cedar Point from Marblehead
(On the back of the sign in the foreground):
This magnificent 65 foot beacon (77 steps to the top), originally 50 feet, was built in 1821 in just eleven weeks. An additional 15 feet was added to the structure in 1903. The US Congress set aside an appropriation of $5000 to build the Lighthouse. The actual cost was $6520. Contractor William Kelley and his crew built it using native limestone.
The current 300mm light flashes green every 6 seconds and can be seen for more than 11 nautical miles on a clear night. The Marblehead Lighthouse continues to serve as a navigational aid for recreational boaters, complimenting other more sophisticated forms of electronic navigation which guide commercial vessels.
The Marblehead Lighthouse was purchased from the Federal Government and became Ohio’s 73rd State Park in October of 1998.