We visited the Glen Haven Historic District today on Sleeping Bear Bay. Historic Glen Haven Michigan was established in 1857. The National Park Service is restoring many of the historic structures in the Historic District including the Blacksmith shop, the Sleeping Bear Inn, and DH Day General Store. Also included in the district is the Glen Haven Cannery that houses the Great Lakes Boat Museum. The Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail crosses through the Glen Haven Historic District. Visit the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore website for more information about the Historic District.
We were also able to see a lighthouse in the distance located on Manitou Island. It was so cool to see this one without having to take the ferry across to the island. My pictures are zoomed from way off, so I am adding more pictures from their website and hope you enjoy.
South Manitou Lighthouse
The lighthouse of South Manitou was built in 1839 and was in operation until 1958. It is now owned by the National Park Service as a part of the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. In 2009, the South Manitou light was relit as a part of a project made possible by the partners of the National Lakeshore and the new National Park Service Centennial Initiative. If you go, you will take the ferry (www.leelanau.com/manitou) from Leland, an attractive harbor town which is about 27 miles north of the National Lakeshore's Visitors Center.
The ferry trip will take you by "The Crib," a 75-foot light tower which was built in 1935 to mark the spot where the bottom of Lake Michigan suddenly rises to within 20 feet of the surface. For nearly 50 years, a three-man crew lived in the tower and took turns working for two weeks and going ashore for a week. This light is now automated and is not open to the public. In addition to seeing The Crib, you may hear its horn on a foggy day or night.
For more information on the South Manitou Lighthouse, visit www.sleepingbeardunes.com/info/area_southmanitou.