The Tawas Lighthouse located on Tawas Point has been undergoing a massive restoration since February of this year. The project was funded by the state of Michigan. New paint and some other changes have been made to the Lighthouse to restore and maintain the beauty of its rich history.
Historian with the Michigan History Center said “Tawas Lighthouse is undergoing a massive almost ½ million-dollar restoration. The inside of the Lighthouse is not open to the public this year, but you can get as close to the lighthouse that the construction fences will let you go.” The Tawas Lighthouse showcases a historic background, giving visitors a closer look back into time, as well as the present-day use for these creations. Lighthouses serve to warn people out on the water of dangers ahead and help guide vessels safely into and out of harbors.
“The restoration work so far has been on the top of the light house. It used to be grey and white and now it’s a beautiful green and red.” Historian Ken Phillips shared. Family time, historic knowledge, as well as the many memories made at the Lighthouse shows how much the Lighthouse gives to the community. “Being able to enjoy the nature and the history of the Lighthouse itself, and how amazing it is out here.”
The Lighthouse is unable to be accessed inside, however the outside of the Lighthouse is still accessible and open to the public. Ken Phillips shared thoughts on when the inside of the Lighthouse will be back open. “Hopefully we will have all of the reconstruction work done by October which means it will be open next summer.”
Historians are on site to answer any questions and to share the information of the beauty that is Tawas pointe Lighthouse.