EAST TAWAS, Mich.– While some other historic sites in the state have started to reopen, the Tawas Point Lighthouse is set to remain closed for the rest of the year.
The Tawas Point Lighthouse has stood strong and proud since its construction in 1876; and ever since it became a historic site in 2008, the lighthouse has rarely had to close itself to visitors. This year, however, the white tower will remain empty.
According to site historian Laurie Perkins, the building’s small size poses a major issue for interior tours and the volunteer keepers.
“The building is too small too keep people six feet apart and wearing masks.” Laurie said, “And we were not able to have our lighthouse keepers this summer, either, because they would be living in the building.”
On the brighter side, Perkins says that the closure has given them time to schedule some minor landscaping and repair projects for the coming months.