At the tip of the leelanau Peninsula is the Grand Traverse Lighthouse guiding ships into Grand Traverse Bay. The current lighthouse was built in 1858 replacing the first lighthouse constructed on the point. It was poorly built and only lasted about 6 years. The current lighthouse was deactivated in 1972 when it was replaced by an electric light on a steel skeletal tower. The Grand Traverse Lighthouse Museum, a non-profit group, renovated the old lighthouse in the 1980s and it is open for tours. The times that I have visited, the museum was closed, and I have never been inside but I hope to soon. There are rumors of the old lighthouse being haunted, you can see my post about it HERE
The lighthouse is in the Leelanau State Park and an excellent place to visit and have a picnic next time you are up in the Leelanau Peninsula.
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