Marblehead Lighthouse

Marblehead Lighthouse is the oldest, continuously operational lighthouse on the Great Lakes. Found on the northernmost tip of the Marblehead Peninsula in Ohio, this popular lighthouse’s history began in 1819 when the fifteenth U.S. Congress decided that the area was too dangerous to be navigated without some sort of beacon.  The tower’s illustrious history boasts the first female lighthouse keeper in the United States (1832, Rachel Wolcott, wife of the first light keeper Benajah Wolcott), a rare three and one-half order Fresnel lens and a functional iron staircase dating to the early 1900’s. A masonry finish covers the original limestone exterior of the lighthouse. Inside you will find a brick stack constructed in the late 1800’s to raise the tower’s height by fifteen feet. The commanding view from the top showcases several Lake Erie islands, a glacial alavar below and a view of the Cleveland shoreline on clear days. The keeper’s house was built in 1880 and is now a museum staffed by historical society volunteers. A total of fifteen keepers have tended the light. The United States Coast guard is now responsible for the maintenance of the beacon.

After some research I decided that the best time to photograph the lighthouse would be at sunrise, and on the day I planned to be there the moon would also be in a position in the sky so that it could be included in my images. In order arrive at the first light of day I had to leave my home at 3 AM to get there at the right time. As you can see in the images below, it was worth the effort. I was blessed with a beautiful sunrise which enhanced the charm and character of the Marblehead Lighthouse. I would highly recommend photographing the lighthouse at sunrise!