Erie Land Lighthouse, also known as Old Presque Isle Light, stands on a bluff in Lighthouse Park east of downtown Erie, Pennsylvania. The original lighthouse on the site, built in 1818, was one of the first to be built by the United States on the Great Lakes. The present tower was built in 1867.
This year marks the 200th anniversary of the light station. Click here for a video interview with Michael Fuhrman, event organizer for an upcoming open house celebrating the anniversary.
The November 3 celebration (11 a.m. to 3 p.m.) will feature patriotic musical entertainment by the Bayfront Brass Quintet, a group of former military musicians. Celebration activities include appearances by the McDowell High School ROTC; a discussion of the history of the lighthouse; and remarks by Erie Mayor Joe Schember.
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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.