Click Here to read the Star Beacon article from July 13, 2016 by Shelley Terry,
"Ashtabula Lighthouse  Centennial  celebration Friday" 

Happy Birthday Ashtabula Lighthouse

 year we celebrate the centennial of our lighthouse. Yes, this is the 100th birthday for the lighthouse in its current form. In 1915 they moved the existing structure further out the break wall to its current location and added the engine room completing the structure that we now see. They finished the renovation in or around 1916.

To see an article about the Ashtabula Lighthouse from January 1907 that appeared in Popular Mechanics, click on the "News Articles" link on the left. The article includes a photo and description of the "mechanics" of moving the 65 ton lighthouse by boat to a new location along the breakwall.

Goodbye to Dennis Hale 
Dennis was a "plank owner" (founding member) of the Ashtabula Lighthouse Restoration and Preservation Society. During his life, Dennis worked as a cook, machinist, tool & dye maker and as a sailor. 

He was the sole survivor of the sinking of the Daniel J. Morrell, which sank in Lake Huron on Nov. 29, 1966. Later he became an author and speaker about his experiences. He wrote two books, Sole Survivor and Shipwrecked: Reflections of the Sole Survivor. Dennis, along with his wife Barb donated many hours of service to the Lighthouse Society. Their efforts were so important to the start of the Lighthouse Society and will always be remembered and appreciated.

Our heartfelt condolences, following his untimely death on September 2, 2015, are sent to Barb and her family.

Farewell to Neil N. Barton

Neil was one of our light keepers in the 1950's and he and his wife Susan have been involved with the Lighthouse Society for many years. He helped with several projects out at the light and provided a lively commentary during many of our tours. He was very enthusiastic about the restoration of the lighthouse and our desire to preserve the lighthouse for future generations. We send Susan and his family our heartfelt sympathy following his untimely death on Thursday, January 21, 2016.

Shown is a favorite picture of Neil taken about 12 years ago at a benefit dinner we held. He was so proud he could still fit in his uniform.

Neil, a member of the U.S. Coast Guard, manned the Ashtabula Lighthouse from 1957-1959. Interestingly, his twin brother, Wayne, manned a lighthouse in Toledo during the same time frame.

July 16, 2016 Annual Fish Fry  2 pm-7pm
Lakeshore Park Main Pavillion, Ashtabula, OH

$10 donation per dinner

Fish or Shrimp, Baked Potato or French Fries, Coleslaw, Roll, Butter and Beverage

Bake Sale, Chinese Auction, 50/50 Raffle, and Live Music.

Consider becoming a member (see side panel for more information)

2017 Ashtabula Lighthouse Desk Calendars will be available at the Fish Fry. If you would like to preorder, e-mail

Please plan on attending! see Star Beacon article on sidebar about this event.

Looking Forward to Summer 2016

Our vision of opening the Ashtabula Lighthouse as a destination for tourists and school children can only be achieved with the help of many volunteers. 

Each year we work on restoring the lighthouse and running a few tours. However a larger priority is to find the funds, in the form of grants, necessary to complete the larger restoration projects.

If you are interested in helping to restore and preserve this historic Ashtabula landmark please see contact information 
below and consider becoming a member of our organization (see sidebar for
application form).

Monetary donations are also needed to preserve our lighthouse. 

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