We got another lighthouse stamp today, we visited the McGulpin Point Lighthouse & Historic Site in Mackinaw City. I am adding a paste of information below:
One of Emmet County’s most important historic sites, It is located 2 miles west of downtown Mackinaw City. Emmet County owns and operates McGulpin Point, which protected shipping on the Straits of Mackinac against storms, fog and rocks between 1869 and 1906. It was purchased by the county in 2008 and after improvements including replacement of the tower top and Fresnel light, it was reopened to the public in 2009. It has been restored since then to period décor inside, and a gift shop has been added that sells McGulpin and Headlands International Dark Sky Park items. Docents are on site daily. There is no admission charge to the lighthouse or to climb the tower.
Each year, the lighthouse welcomes about 25,000 visitors through the season, which is daily from the May opening through the end of September. This site has a fascinating history as Emmet County’s first deeded property, and one of the first in the state. It was a significant gathering place for the Odawa Indians who were the first to call this area home. Later it was the home and property of Patrick McGulpin and his family; a number of his ancestors remain in the area today. Its long-time lightkeeper, James Davenport, kept important records of his time at McGulpin operating the light and observing vessel traffic through the Straits. Many of these points of history can be found in interpretive displays throughout the lighthouse. Included among the displays is a video produced by Emmet County staff that details the numerous shipwreck tragedies in the Straits of Mackinac. A self-guided cellphone tour is also available at the grounds outside.
In total, the site is 10 acres and is a half-mile north of the Headlands International Dark Sky Park. It includes 336 feet of shoreline on the Straits of Mackinac that is open for the public to explore and enjoy.
Don’t miss this one. it is a beauty. Check back later for more from beautiful Michigan.