There are so many ways to dive into the past when you visit Ashtabula County. Endpoints on the Underground Railroad, covered bridges, and maritime legends are only the beginning! If you are a Buckeye State history buff, then read on to learn about one of our favorite historic sites, the Ashtabula Lighthouse. Afterward, uncover more of Northeast Ohio’s past in our complimentary Geneva-on-the-Lake Destination Guide. Our guide is full of recommendations on historic sites, museums, and more, so that you can spend less time planning and more time exploring!
Everything You Need to Know About the Ashtabula Lighthouse
About Brief Introduction to the Ashtabula Lighthouse
The Ashtabula Lighthouse is more than a century old, so you know it’s seen a lot of action in its time! Beginning in the early 19th century, this historic treasure and its lightkeepers lit the path for Lake Erie sailors as they entered and left the harbor.
The Ashtabula Harbor was always known for its rocky breakwater, and this beautiful lighthouse played a significant rsignole in keeping our sailors safe in both the past and present times! The U.S. Coast Guard manned the lighthouse until it became automated in 1973. Interestingly, of the 68 lighthouses on the Lake Erie coast, it was the last manned lighthouse in existence!
Planning Your Trip: How to See the Lighthouse
If you’d like to catch a glimpse of the Ashtabula Lighthouse, then make a trip to the Ashtabula Maritime & Surface Transportation Museum. The museum itself is the former residence of the lighthouse’s keepers! The dwelling and tower of the lighthouse are closed. And, although it is not accessible, you can still catch a glimpse of its beauty from the museum.
During your trip, you’ll also find countless other ways to dive into history. The museum is home to numerous displays that showcase Ashtabula’s unique past. Many of these displays change seasonally, so you can always look forward to something new! The museum is open from Memorial Day weekend through September. For more information on planning your trip, visit the museum’s website or contact their staff at (440) 964-6847.
Stay Near It All at The Lakehouse Inn Resort
The Ashtabula Lighthouse is only 25 minutes away from The Lakehouse Inn Resort, but that’s not all you’ll find near our boutique inn. Our central location is perfect for Northeast Ohio history buffs. The Hubbard House Underground Railroad Museum, Steele Mansion, and 15 historic covered bridges are all just a short trip away!
After a day of exploring Northeast Ohio, head home to the Lake Erie Suite. This room features a two-person tub, one king bed, a kitchenette, and more. Complimentary breakfast, spa treatments, daily wine tastings, and easy beach access are a few more perks to enjoy during your stay! If you are ready to book your next getaway, browse our current specials and book your stay. We can’t wait to host you at The Lakehouse Inn Resort!
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