Nothing is more iconic to the local landscape than the Vermilion Lighthouse, which looks out over Lake Erie at the foot of Main Street. There's a rich, deep history to this marvelous structure. A dedicated, ongoing effort seeks to preserve it for generations to come.
Main Street Vermilion's Lighthouse Preservation Committee is dedicated to the conservation and upkeep of this important landmark. Formed in 2014, they serve as the local guardians to the lighthouse and work to educate the public about the historical significance of lighthouses.
Within two years, the committee raised funds to have a 5th order Barbier and Fenestre Fresnel lens fabricated. Installed in September 2016, the structure now stands as an active navigational aid. A lighthouse keeper was appointed the same year to carry on the tradition of keeping the structure in good order and the light shining.
Visitors are welcome at the lighthouse any time of day. Nearby is a favorite photo spot for locals and tourists. The familiar 5-ton propeller from the Tug Pennsylvania, and the popular anchor salvaged from a Great Lakes cargo vessel, are both owned and maintained by Main Street Vermilion.
For groups of 10 or more, Main Street Vermilion's Lighthouse Preservation Committee offers guided tours of the structure that includes the history, restoration and a closer look at our most popular landmark. Outside tours, or during colder weather a Power Point presentation, is available and conducted by reservation at Ritter Public Library. Donations for tours or programs are gladly accepted and will be used toward ongoing maintenance and restoration of the lighthouse.
Main Street Vermilion is one of 450 locations across the country where you can buy passports and get it stamped with the Vermilion Lighthouse insignia. Stop in at Shore Thing, close to the Lighthouse and on the beach, or the Main Street Building to add to your collection.
Learn more about the Vermilion's Lighthouse Preservation Committee at www.mainstreetvermilion.org.