Eagle Bluff Light Station is pleased to announce its first annual Kid’s Lighthouse Festival on June 8. Activities will be from noon – 3pm at Eagle Bluff Light Station. Festivities will include a brat fry, cherry pie in a cup, children’s games, and a book signing with Sue Jarosh, along with costumed characters from her new book, Lighthouse Hero.
As the sun descends over the Door Peninsula, the lamp shines at Eagle Bluff Light Station. As its beam brightens the evening sky, voices from the past whisper in the dusk, echoing their stories. The Door County Historical Society invites guests to delight in the tales of the keepers through story, song, and poetry at the Eagle Bluff Light Station for Twilight Tours, Tunes & Tales.
Please join us on June 8 from 6:00 –8:30pm, when the Northern Door Storytellers Guild will be in residence to share tales of the sea and lighthouse lore, perform traditional music, and recite legends in verse. The Northern Door Storytellers Guild evolved from a storytelling class at The Clearing Folk School in 2007. “Our mission is to bring folk stories to the Door County community,” said Guild founder Lloyd Michalsen. “The Eagle Bluff Light Station provides a great setting to maintain that mission.” There will also be costumed interpreters who will bring to life William Duclon, Eagle Bluff’s longest serving light keeper, and his wife Julia.
“We are excited to continue the tradition of opening the light station to guests in the evening and to be working with such a talented and fun group,” said Linda Faust, Eagle Bluff Light Station Manager. “To offer this family friendly experience to our visitors is a real treat.”
Eagle Bluff is celebrating 151 years of maritime history this year. The lamp was first lit 151 years ago on October 15, 1868, and has continued to serve as a navigational aid ever since. Manned as a residential light station for 58 years, the three keepers who lived in the Milwaukee City cream-colored brick building were dedicated and diligent.
Peninsula State Park is home to Eagle Bluff Light Station on Shore Road; a park sticker is required for entry. Admission fees are $10 for adults, $6 for youth 6 through 17. Children 5 and under are free. Warm clothing is recommended. We encourage groups of 5 or more to call for reservations at (920) 421-3636 and make payment in advance. For additional information about this and other programs of the Door County Historical Society, call (920) 421-2332.
The Door County Historical Society is a membership organization dedicated to keeping history alive for future generations through the collection, preservation and sharing of the heritage of Door County. The Society operates two interpretive sites: Eagle Bluff Lighthouse in Peninsula State Park and the Heritage Village at Big Creek in Sturgeon Bay.