We went on another absolutely beautiful drive today. We drove the Old Mission Peninsula to the very tip to see the Mission Point Lighthouse. This new hobby of lighthouse searching has really taken us to some awesome places, we are loving it. The Old Mission Peninsula is finger-like in shape, projecting approximately 16 miles into Grand Traverse Bay. The township varies from one to three miles in width and contains approximately 42 miles of Great Lakes shoreline.
Mission Point Lighthouse has been a Traverse City and Old Mission Peninsula icon for decades. Located at the end of a picturesque drive along M-37 through cherry orchards and vineyards, Mission Point Lighthouse stands as a classic piece of Michigan history. While it no longer guides mariners through West Grand Traverse Bay as it did from September 10, 1870 until it was decommissioned in 1933, Mission Point Lighthouse now offers visitors a peek into what life was like around the turn of the century for lighthouse keepers and for others who lived and worked in the area at the time.
Built in 1870, this light is now maintained by Peninsula Township and short-term keepers are allowed to live in the lighthouse. It is also half way between the North Pole and the Equator exactly on the 45th parallel. It was decommissioned in 1933. Self-guided tours are available seven days a week from which includes access to the tower. We also visited the Hessler Log Cabin, a restored turn of the century log cabin on the lighthouse grounds.
We were happy to get another stamp in our book. The people running the gift shop were also very nice and informative, plus, we met a lot of other visitors from all over the country and enjoyed talking about the lighthouses in the area. We stopped at a beautiful lavender farm and bought some lavender soap etc. They had a small booth with awesome lavender products,. They also had lavender vanilla ice cream in cups. It was fabulous! That was a first for both of us, we were totally surprised how good it was. We also saw a lot of produce stands all along the peninsula, we purchased more apples, tomatoes and plums. It was another "WOWSER" day in Michigan, check back later for more from this awesome part of Michigan.