Happy Birthday Ashtabula Lighthouse
This 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
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
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.
Looking Forward to Summer 2016
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
Monetary donations are also needed to preserve our lighthouse.
Annual Fish Fry Date Set for 2016
July 16, 2016 at the
Lakeshore Park main pavilion.
At last year's fish fry at Lake Shore Park we served 276 dinners. Along with the dinners of fish or shrimp, we conducted a Chinese auction that is always well received.
2017 Ashtabula Lighthouse Desk Calendars will be available ot the Fish Fry in July. If you would like to preorder, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please plan on attending! see Star Beacon article on sidebar about this event.
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