Eagle Bluff Lighthouse near Ephraim, Wisconsin, turns 150 years old on October 15, 2018, and the Door County Historical Society has plans to celebrate in style.
The celebration will include a flag ceremony by American Legion Post 527 Sister Bay, music by the Gibraltar High School band, book signings with nationally known lighthouse authors Barb and Ken Wardius, anniversary cake, and a raffle.
The restored lighthouse keeper’s house at Eagle Bluff has been a museum since 1963. During the celebration on October 15, there will be special tours through the keeper’s house and tower climbs will be available from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Eagle Bluff Lighthouse is inside Peninsula State Park, between Fish Creek and Ephraim, at 10249 Shore Road. The celebration is free to attend, guided tours are $8.50 for adults, $5.50 ages 13-17, $3.50 ages 6 to 12, free for Door County Historical Society members; a state park vehicle sticker is required for entry. The first 100 adult guests will receive free coffee and a cookie.
Founded in 1926, the Door County Historical Society is a membership organization that keeps history alive for future generations through the collection, preservation, and sharing of the heritage of Door County. For more information, call 920-421-2332 or go to doorcountyhistoricalsociety.org.
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Candace was the US Lighthouse Society historian from 2016 until she passed away in August 2018. For 30 years, her work involved lighthouse history. She worked with the National Park Service and the Council of American Maritime Museums. She was a noted author and was considered the most knowledgable person on lighthouse information at the National Archives. Books by Candace Clifford include: Women who Kept the Lights: a History of Thirty-eight Female Lighthouse Keepers , Mind the Light Katie, and Maine Lighthouses, Documentation of their Past.