Fairport Harbor Marine Museum and Lighthouse
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The Fairport Harbor
Marine Museum and Lighthouse

"The light that shone for 100 years"
1825 - 1925

Summer Hours

Open on
Wednesdays, Saturdays, Sundays & Legal Holidays
1:00 P.M. to 6:00 P.M.
From the Saturday before Memorial Day
through the 3rd Weekend in September.
Special Tours by Appointment

Northeastern Ohio
Inter-Museum Council



The Fairport Harbor Marine Museum is the first
Great Lakes Lighthouse Marine Museum in the State of Ohio ,
as well as the United States.

The museum, which also has a small gift shop, is located
at 129 Second St., Fairport Harbor, OH 44077.
For more information as to when the museum is open
call (440) 354-4825.

Ghosts of the Griffith: Disaster on Lake Erie
The worst shipping disaster in Lake Erie’s history, a tragedy of heartbreaking human cost. The summer of 1850 was the scene of the fire on the steamer G.P. Griffith, along the coast of Lake County, Ohio. Click here for a video by
Ginnie Jeschelnig of the Lake County History Center

2018 Calendar of Events

Tuesday, October 30 
Ghost Stories Program** (adults)      
December 1
Harbor Holidays / Grinch Visit @ Lighthouse
** Wine & Cheese Event / FHHS Fundraiser
Tours limited to 18 / pre-register /adults only

Private Tours available May 1 through November 1st by appointment
School Programs and Bus Tours are welcome.

For more information and updates contact - keeper@fairportharborlighthouse.org



Tours Available May 1st - November 1st

FHHS Tour guide fee is $20   Minimum Charge - $20.00 + $4 per person
click here for more information & forms

The museum was founded in 1945 by the Fairport Harbor Historical Society, which is devoted to preserving and perpetuating the historic tradition of Fairport Harbor and the Great Lakes area. The original lighthouse was completed in 1825. The tower stood thirty feet high, capped with an octagonal-shaped iron lantern. The lighthouse was accompanied by a two-story keeper's house.Due to deterioration the tower and keeper's house had to be replaced. Rebuilt in 1871, the tower now stands sixty feet high and has a spiral staircase of 69 steps which leads to an observation platform.In 1925 the light in the tower (a third-order Fresnel lens) was discontinued. It was replaced by a combination light and foghorn station which was built on the west breakwater pier head.

The museum houses a number of artifacts pertaining to life on the Great Lakes and other maritime exhibits. Attached to the museum is the former pilothouse from the Great Lakes carrier the "Frontenac". More info.......




The Grinch reads
"How the Grinch Stole Christmas"
from the top of the tower during Fairport's
Harbor Holiday events on
Saturday, December 1, 2018 at 6 PM
Click here for more info...

Local Lore by Max
every Monday and Thursday
in the
News-Herald Blog
Timeline of
Fairport Harbor
The Fairport Harbor Lighthouse
is part of the
Lake Erie
Coastal Ohio Trail.


Current Map of Ships in the Harbor and Vicinity (zoom out to view the entire lake)

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